Alan Morinis

Alan Morinis

Inside Leadership

The URJ’s Leadership Institute presents a Scholar Series on Leadership, in which three experts each lead a virtual discussion about values-based leadership. The series began with Harry Kraemer’s session about becoming a values-based leader and continued with Dr. Erica Brown’s session about when to say “no” as a Jewish leader. The final session will be led by Alan Morinis. Here, he offers a sneak-peek into his session.

For the past two decades, I’ve been writing about and teaching Mussar, a treasury of techniques and understandings that have evolved during the past 1,000 years to...

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What is love? The word is used in so many ways and is so fundamental to Judaism, yet its meaning is so elusive that it is often difficult to know what it actually means to say that you love someone.

Perhaps the root of the difficulty lies in our having forgotten the essence of who we are as human beings. In our modern, technological world, many of us have lost touch with the Jewish understanding that each and every one of us is a holy soul. In Genesis 2:7, we read: “And God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living soul.”

We learn from the...

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