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How do we react to criticism? (Edited Transcript)

Tisha b’Av and the Three Weeks are a time of national reawakening. A time to reflect how far we have come as a nation and what we can do to move forward together.

19 July 2018


How do we find joy in the process? (Edited Transcript)

Life is messy. Full of loose ends, false starts, unfulfilled objectives. The Torah recognises this imperfect state of affairs.

12 July 2018


Why is selfless leadership so important? (Edited Transcript)

The way in which Moses lived his life and led the Jewish people teaches us that selfless devotion to the greater good is the key to any successful collective.

05 July 2018


What is the most important institution for Jewish life? (Edited Transcript)

The home, the shul, the house of learning are the three keystones of Jewish existence. The source of our vitality and endurance as a nation, they nurture our spiritual and emotional selves, clarifying our priorities, sanctifying our lives, and enabling us to achieve greatness.

28 June 2018


What is the most important characteristic of a leader? (Edited Transcript)

What separates a Mandela from a Zuma? Or a Nixon from a Lincoln? The answer is obvious – values. Principles and ethics and models of behaviour that are stuck to no matter what.

21 June 2018


How Do We Avoid Life’s Pitfalls? (Edited Transcript)

History is replete with examples of people who had the world at their feet, and then threw it all away.

14 June 2018


How Do We Rise Above Groupthink? (Edited Transcript)

Human beings are social creatures. We are influenced heavily and decisively by those around us, and very often base our thoughts, actions and opinions on what others think, do and believe. How do we withstand this social pressure, this groupthink? And more than this, is there a way we can use it to our advantage?

07 June 2018


Are You Humble? (Edited Transcript)

For many of our sages, humility is the ultimate Torah value. The Ramchal sees it as one of the highest spiritual and moral states a person can reach. The Ramban writes passionately about humility in his famous letter to his son, describing it as the access point for a host of other Torah values. For the Rambam, humility is the rare exception to his Golden Mean – a trait which requires us to go to extremes. Why?

31 May 2018


How Do We Move On In Life? (Edited Transcript)

How do we respond when we are confronted with our own moral failings and misdeeds? Do we acknowledge openly what we have done wrong, and take full responsibility? Or do we withdraw into our defences, deflecting our wrongdoing, turning a blind eye, maintaining the façade? As it turns out, how we answer that question can change both the past and the future.

24 May 2018


Always Receiving (Edited Transcript)

We don’t just remember our Jewish history. We relive it. We re-integrate the experiences, and make them part of our daily lives – tangible and relevant in every way.

17 May 2018


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