Klal Perspectives – New Issue: Communal Leadership Infrastructure

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  1. joel rich says:

    The Klal Perspectives was a nice lunchtime read – the general impression I’m left with is that the American focus on rights vs. obligations has equally impacted all elements of orthodoxy. Moshe Bain’s observation that individuals are motivated by a sense of accomplishment, kavod and entertainment sounded like it came straight from a Bizzaro pirkei avot.

    But as an actuary I smiled when I saw that Dr. Fried took up the cudgels to have decision making based on actual data rather than the last individual story one heard. Maybe we can get the NSA to jump start our efforts?

    She-nir’eh et nehamat Yerushalayim u-binyanah bi-mherah ve-yamenu,

  2. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    Joel, basing decisions on data, what a revolutionary idea. Does that make you some kind of neo-con?

  3. yosef a. berg says:

    In respnonse to the qoute from Rabbi Hauer’s essay,I feel its important to note that nobody would misunderstand the Rosh Yeshivas singing of hatikva as an endorsement of zionism because on other ocaasions he never held back when it came to forcefuly bashing the State(.He would often say that ommision of G-d’s name from the israeli declarartion of independence was the greatest chillul hashem in the history of klak yisroel !!!!,think about that for a moment).So if one is going to ask for and preach tolerence and respect from a leader when it comes to a view they agree with,then they must allow and respect that leader’s expression of his counter view without disdainfuly disregarding what one does not want to hear.

  4. SA says:

    I’ve only started reading the essays, and I’m trying to figure out how the religious community is ever going to make headway on resolving any of our challenges, current and future, as long as our publications are filled with ads for yamim tovim and vacations in expensive, often exotic locations and various other luxuries. Someone is taking those trips and buying those things. How are we to argue for prioritizing and “triage” when so much money in our community is being wasted on frivolities?

    I also had a look at the link to Moishe Bane’s article regarding retirement plans for mechanchim. It was written nearly *eight* years ago. I’m curious if any progress has been made on even that one issue since then.

  5. Bob Miller says:

    Is there some previous case or model of “bringing Jewish community order out of macro-chaos” that we should be studying closely? In the past, we sometimes had leaders with enough individual or collective clout, but do we now? Our non-system has as much inertia as any system.

    [YA – Perhaps not. That doesn’t necessarily make the task any harder!]

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