Saturday, May 23, 2015

Count the Omer 2015: Day 49


Day 49: Malchut within Malchut
Leadership within Leadership
What does it mean to be the chosen people, a light unto the nations? Tonight, we will celebrate Shavuot with Torah study and cheesecake to commemorate God giving us the Torah at Mount Sinai. The Torah is meant to guide our lives, to tell us how to live a good, moral, and holy life, and in doing so, to bring us closer to God. We are meant to be a nation of leaders. We value life, freedom, education, hard work, etc, and we are meant to model those values for others. We lead by example and teach others to be leaders too. 

If that sounds easy, it's not. There is a reason that malchut within malchut falls on the last day of the Omer. Sometimes it is easier to do a task for someone than to teach them to do it for themselves, but a good leader is able to teach others to do and think for themselves.

Mazel tov! We've made it to the end of the Omer and hopefully gained some insights into ourselves and the world around us.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Count the Omer 2015: Day 48


Day 48: Yesod within Malchut
Foundation/Connection within Leadership
Moses was a leader. He envisioned a life of freedom for the Israelites and took steps to make it so. He brought them together in the desert and forged a lasting connection between them and God. Leaders must be visionaries and bridge-builders. How can build connections between people?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Count the Omer 2015: Day 47


Day 47: Hod within Malchut
Humility within Leadership
We have already discussed how becoming a leader endows one with power, but today is about humility. As Uncle Ben would say, "With great power comes great responsibility." Being trusted with power as a leader should be humbling. Leaders have a responsibility to serve their people, protect their people, and to set a good example.