The Hallmarks of Jewish Leadership: Jack Lew’s Nomination for U.S. Ambassador to Israel

President Joe Biden nominated former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew last Tuesday, September 5, 2023 to serve as ambassador to Israel. Lew, 68, served as treasury secretary between 2013 and 2017. He was also the White House budget director and later chief of staff during the Obama administration and budget director during the Clinton administration. His 2013 U.S. Treasury Secretary appointment made him the highest-ranking Orthodox Jew in the history of the U.S. government and the first Orthodox Jewish cabinet member.

Service Leadership: Loyalty & Collective Responsibility by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Robert Greenleaf, in his classic Servant Leadership, derives this principle from a Buddhist story by German novelist and poet, Hermann Hesse. Nevertheless, the idea of leadership as service is fundamental to the Judaeo-Christian tradition, and explains the otherwise inexplicable, that humility is the highest virtue of a leader.

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