Israel Forever

For the week ending 19 July 2008 / 16 Tammuz 5768

In Search of Leadership

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

The painful situation in Israel as a result of the public's disappointment with its political leadership recalls the formula for true leadership mentioned in this week's Torah portion.

When Moshe appeals to G-d to appoint a successor he lists a few qualifications for leadership, concluding with the candidate's ability to "lead them out and bring them in". On the surface this seems to be a reference to the leader's military ability. Rashi, however, comments that this means "he will lead them out through his merits and will bring them in through his merits".

A true leader must have the merits of uncompromising honesty and morality in order to successfully lead his people. Only then can he be deserving of the Heavenly assistance that is an indispensable factor in guaranteeing the security of Israel forever.

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