Moses and Joshua were both tasked with leading the Jewish people and yet their styles of leadership were profoundly different from one another. After the untimely death of his infant daughter almost twenty year... s ago, Kenneth Brander saw the power of collaborative leadership to make real change in the lives of others. Using this painful but powerful moment alongside textual comparisons of biblical characters, Rabbi Brander asks us to consider: in this day and age, what kind of leadership does the Jewish community really need?See lessSee more
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In his ELI talk, Rabbi Kenneth Brander argues in favor of what he calls a "Joshua-esque model of leadership," a view that understands leadership as collaborative, rather than unilateral.
In our last segment we discussed how Joshua seems to have everything working against him. He spoke wrongly with the golden calf, he spoke wrongly again in the Eldad and Maydad episode. He did not speak up quickly enough in the spies episode, leading the Talmud to say that Moses himself wondered whether or not Joshua would be influenced by the bad spies.
Vice President for University and Community Life | Yeshiva University
Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander is Vice President for University and Community Life at Yeshiva University and teaches rabbinics at Yeshiva University’sRabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Rabbi Dr. Brander is Rabbi Emeritus of the Boca Raton Synagogue, and was founder of the Yeshiva High School of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. He also served for over 10 years as a member of the Federation Executive Board of Directors. He holds PhD in philosophy and comparative studies from Florida Atlantic Univeristy, is an alumnus of Yeshiva College, and received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. In addition, Rabbi Dr. Brander has received special ordinations from Machon Puah, a center of medical ethics in Israel, as well as the Chief Rabbi, Mordechai Eliyahu, in the field of medical ethics—infertility, gynecology, and halakha. Rabbi Brander has received numerous awards for his community service and has authored many articles in areas of Jewish law and philosophy in various scholarly journals.