Headlines »

November 18, 2017 – 8:20 pm | 3 views

Jacob went to bed on a mountain and placed his head on twelve stones. In the morning, when he awoke, the twelve stones had fused into one. Our sages taught that during the night the angels in charge of these stones began to argue because each wanted to serve as …

Read the full story »
Parsha Insights

Where Biblical law and Torah tale is brought vividly to life

Concepts

The Jewish perspective on topical and controversial subjects

Life Cycle

Probing for meaning in our journey and its milestones.

Yearly Cycle

Discover depth and mystique in the annual Jewish festivals

Rabbi’s Desk

Seeking life’s lessons in news items and current events

Home » Archive by Tags

Articles tagged with: leadership

Shlach: Rewarding Excellence

June 25, 2016 – 11:08 pm | 391 views
rewarding-excellence-innerstream.ca

Right not Fair
When my son joined little league I was surprised that all teams, losing and winning, received trophies. I realize that no one wants to brand their team a loser, but if everyone is rewarded, effort and excellence are not incentivized. It is only by rewarding excellence that we …

Naso: The Trump Phenomenon

June 14, 2016 – 3:07 pm | 371 views
trump-innerstream.ca

Why Trump?
America is in the grip of a serious Trump phenomenon. There are times when voters take leave of their senses and take fanciful flights to lands of folly. Logic and rationale are powerless against these movements. Certain notions take hold and you can argue till you are blue in …

Acharei Mot: For The People

May 2, 2016 – 10:08 am | 584 views
for-the-people-innerstream.ca

A Sobering Moment
I remember my first “for the people,” moment. I was officiating at my first Bar Mitzvah as a rabbi. The sanctuary was filled to the brim and my aim was to impress. I offered a wonderful introduction to the Bar Mitzvah boy and a flowery reflection on his …

Ki Tisa: Humble Pride

February 26, 2013 – 3:39 am | 3,317 views
humble pride - innerstream

The Perfume of Art
G-d instructed Moses on the art of making anointment oil with which Jewish kings and priests were anointed. The ingredients included spices of the finest sort: 500 shekel weights of pure Myrrh, half of it, 250 shekel weights, of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekel weights of fragrant cane …

Pinchas: Jewish Popup Screens

July 8, 2012 – 9:33 pm | 811 views
Pop-Up-Screens

Pop Ups
Have you ever wondered why pop-up screens always offer gambling or lust opportunities and never Torah or Mitzvah opportunities? When was the last time you visited your favorite news site and got a Jewish pop-up screen offering you a chance to give charity? Did you ever check the weather …

Lech Lecha: In the Clouds or on the Ground

October 30, 2011 – 3:46 am | 961 views
head in the clouds - innerstream

Two Paradigms
Who is truly the person of G-d? Is it the venerable sage who sits alone,head in the clouds, nose buried in ancient tomes or the fellow on the streets, who guides the perplexed and mentors seeking souls? Is it the scholar, whose mind is immersed in ancient wisdoms or …

Shlach: What I Learned From A Tree

June 12, 2011 – 4:46 am | 1,090 views
what I learned from a tree innerstream

The Holy Tree
Oh, the tales trees could tell if only trees could tell tales.There is a large tree in my backyard under whose branches many little dramas have played out. Many a toddler has crawled under its branches, many a back has leaned against its trunk, over the years the …

Tezaveh: How To Choose A Leader

February 6, 2011 – 3:47 am | 816 views
how to choose a leader - innerstream

The Nature of a Leader
Why do we gravitate to the charismatic and charming when choosing our leaders? We look for a leader that can galvanize the masses, lead the government, command the military and interact with fellow Heads of State. Former President Bill Clinton is a perfect example; he has …