Today is the last day of July. Tonight is also the 9th day of Av. The end of this Hebrew month is the day my mother died and the day my oldest daughter was born. An auspicious moment.
I know, I know. My holiday is over. But, I have another Pesach (Passover) story to share with you.
The 7th day of Pesach started Sunday night. Which meant that some of my table sharers were celebrating Easter while others, like me, were still crunching on our matza. And, during the festive meal, we parsed the question of why the 7th day (and the 8th for those who don’t live in Israel) is celebrated as a special day. (The holidays of Sukot and Pesach are both 7 days long; some of those days have rules that stipulate no work or use of electricity; others, called ‘chol hamoed’- or the secular portion of the holiday- follow. Except for Pesach, where the 7th day is also a ‘yom tov’, a special day.)
Thursday, 26 September 2013 (or Friday, depending where you were in the world) was Simchat Tora- the rejoicing of and in the Tora. On that holiday, we read the last section of the Tora and immediately start anew with the first. From Zot HaBracha (Deuteronomy 33-34) to Breishit (Genesis 1-6:8).
The third book of the bible, Vayikra (Leviticus), has an interesting pronouncement. This book (with its ten parshiot- weekly readings, 27 chapters in all) is concerned with priestly duties (hence Leviticus, of the Levi tribe, of which a select portion were the Kohanim- priests), sacrifices, and the laws. And, no, sacrifices are no longer effected. (They stopped with the destruction of the Great Temple.)
Less than 40 days after the Israelites had their compelling encounter with the Supreme Being, they did something foolish. They constructed a golden calf, an idol, an affront to that very Supreme Being that got them out of slavery and let them cross a sea- unscathed- while the Egyptian army perished in that self-same sea. What leadership lessons can we learn from this?
OK. You started your company. Does that make you the leader? The answer is maybe- because a leader must be able to inspire his/her stakeholders to achieve. Not only that- but, as you grow your organization, you have to find and train other leaders to help accomplish your mission.