There was always an intriguing dichotomy between the late President Shimon Peres’ ability to bring to reality his vision for the future of Israel. On the one hand, it had been seemingly quite easy for Peres to lead Israel to the forefront of science and technology, but on the other hand, so much harder to lead Israel towards peace. What was it that made Peres and those who subscribed to

“On this zillionth day of quarantine, I am feeling a bit lonely and despairing,” I shared on Facebook in a blue jag one afternoon a few weeks ago. Before the pandemic, my Facebook posts were carefully curated. I learned from my son to be cautious online. Where my prompt invitingly reads: “What’s on your mind, Serena?” he changed his to say, “This is a corporate ploy to monetize your identity.”

As the coronavirus health crisis takes the wind out of every sail, leaving us all locked down and wondering when life can restart, it is easy to forget that some of the most important public ventures are very long-term affairs, which, however seriously disrupted, cannot be neglected. This is the story of one such venture, which, as soon as the health crisis is behind us, will once again loom large

There is a debate, much discussed in Jewish spaces where the topic of innovation is celebrated, about whether newer is by definition better. This tension is best described in the language of our ancient texts: “There is nothing new under the sun,”(Ecclesiastes 1:9) which claims that every idea to come has already been, and its opposite, “There is no Beit Midrash (House of Study) without a hiddush (a new idea,)”(Babylonian Talmud Eruvin

Moses said to the children of Israel: “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. S/He has imbued him with the spirit of God, with wisdom, with insight, and with knowledge, and with all manner of craftsmanship to do master weaving, to work with gold, silver and copper, with the craft of stones for setting and

So, I’ve decided that I want to change – to improve myself. I want to start getting more balance in my life – and to feel better about myself. I know that I really like spinning. Getting on that bike in a spin studio helps me to feel good and to think more clearly for the rest of the day, so I am going to do more of that. I

A church basement. A mountaintop. A coatroom converted into a classroom or a dual coatroom-classroom. An outdoor amphitheater. A school cafeteria. What do all these random places have in common? They’ve all been used and transformed either permanently or temporarily into Jewish holy spaces. The question of creating Jewish space is one that always looms over each upcoming service event for our amazing Wexner Service Corps. Our unique, year-long, local,

Although adaptability and adaptive leadership share a root or shoresh, and although you will see both addressed by authors in this issue of WexnerLEADS, the two are not synonymous. Adaptability is one component in a constellation of interdependent leadership (and life) skills. Judaism, for example, has been adaptable. It has also remained rooted in significant ways so that it still makes sense to call it Judaism, 2,000 years of change

I was nine when my mother told me we would be leaving Israel for a year to join my father, at the time a shaliach with the Jewish agency in London. I was looking forward to the family reunion, but then tearfully asked, “How will I do there? I don’t know any English and I do not know any children there my age.” My mother looked at me with her beautiful brown

As most of my nearest and dearest know, I am an avid YouTuber. In recent months, I have relied on YouTube to teach me a variety of complex needlepoint stitches, to replace a lost manual for a kitchen gadget, to verse myself in beginner’s guitar and to dive down a rabbit hole of TED Talks. Unfortunately, YouTube is also a trusted home of anti-Semitic content. Fringe evangelical preacher firebrands on