Parascha: Welche Qualitäten sind für Leadership erforderlich? (aber kaum vorhanden!)

August 12, 2016

 Moses segnet Joschua vor dem Hohepriester  James Tissot (1832­1902)

Austrian-German_Swiss_flags-tinyMosche ist dem nahen Ende seines Lebens sehr bewusst. Bereits in Paraschat Pinchas bat er G”tt, einen Nachfolger auszuwählen, der nach ihm das Volk führen würde. Daraufhin befahl G”tt Mosche, Jehoschua bin Nun als Führer zu ernennen (Bamidbar 27:15-23). Jehoschua ist eine sui generis, eine einzigartige Persönlichkeit, die eher mit Mosche als mit den üblichen Anführern zu vergleichen ist. Dies vermitteln Read the rest of this entry »

Inevitable Leadership

January 16, 2009

EnglishStudents of modern history are often impressed with the seeming inevitability of Germany’s role leading to World War II, on account of the harsh conditions imposed by the Treaty of Versailles of 1919. Indeed, the noted British economist John Maynard Keynes, whose ideas are in fact being celebrated by governments eager to spend their way out of the current recession, called it a “Carthaginian Peace.” According to Keynes, the terms of the Treaty were too harsh and would not promote long term peace. Dan Rowling later (1951) considered the Treat an outright cause for World War II.

What role, if any, does the inevitability of history play in the events unfolding in the Torah? Are only historical events sometimes inevitable, or also spiritual-historical events? Read the rest of this entry »