The Hidden Light: Biblical Paradigms for Leadership
by Dr. Jerry Hochbaum
OU Press and KTAV Publishing House
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Arranged according to the parshiyot of the Torah, The Hidden Light: Biblical Paradigms for Leadership is far from a conventional “parashat hashavua” compendium. It is a fascinating exploration and distillation of the Torah’s views on leadership.
Through a lifetime of involvement in Jewish communal work, Rabbi Dr. Jerry Hochbaum experienced first-hand the nature of leadership in the Jewish community. A prominent professor of sociology at Yeshiva University, he also worked with the National Jewish Community Council and was Executive Vice President of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture where his major priority was the organization of a leadership development program for the global Jewish community. The leadership issues that Rabbi Dr. Hochbaum encountered in the real world echoed for him in the Torah’s narratives of human interaction and the development and growth of the Jewish people.
Combining a novel approach with sensitivity and insight, The Hidden Light: Biblical Paradigms for Leadership rewards the reader with a fresh view of the weekly parashah.
Praise for The Hidden Light: Biblical Paradigms for Leadership
“The topic of leadership is of critical interest to all of us today. Dr. Jerry Hochbaum’s The Hidden Light: Biblical Paradigms for Leadership addresses this topic in a thorough and thoughtful manner. Dr. Hochbaum draws upon his many decades of experience at the helm of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, along with his academic expertise in the social sciences and his Torah erudition, to produce a most insightful and helpful work. The reader is sure to come away from this original book informed, enlightened, and inspired.” – Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President, Emeritus, Orthodox Union
“Dr. Jerry Hochbaum has given us a real gift. The innovative, insightful and inspiring divrei Torah on each parashah presented in this volume are devoted in particular to thoughts about the development and strengthening of Jewish leadership, which has been the focus of Dr. Hochbaum’s thinking and attention for decades. Throughout this work, Dr. Hochbaum demonstrates exquisite sensitivity to the nuances of the biblical text, paying careful attention to the significance of each word of the Torah. I learned much from his thoughtful insights and often novel interpretations, and I have no doubt that every reader will be greatly enriched by his ideas.” – Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought Senior Scholar, Center for the Jewish Future, Yeshiva University