As I read last week’s Torah portion, which described the moment Moses “cracks” and fails to effectively lead the people, I couldn’t help but think about all of the “leaders” who have had to apologize recently for various errors, including their role in the BP oil tragedy, a stupid comment they made, or a foolish thing they did. When compared to the errant ways of contemporary leaders, Moses’ mistake (which involves hitting a rock instead of speaking to it – read the Torah!) seems rather insignificant. But, the lesson of the Torah is clear: leaders are to be held to a higher standard. There are many perks associated with leadership. At the same time, leaders are expected to abide by extremely high standards. This is the price of leadership. Our leaders need to read the story of Moses and learn from his downfall. Below are my comments from last Friday night.
EXPECT MORE FROM OUR LEADERS, PT 1
EXPECT MORE FROM OUR LEADERS, PT 2