Successful leaders speak regularly about their foundational stories, the time in their lives where they felt called or inspired to actualize the fullest version of themselves. When (spoiler alert) Peter Parker stands by and lets a criminal escape, only to discover that the same criminal would kill his Uncle Ben, Spider-Man learns that he must fight against injustice wherever it may be. In other words, with great power, comes great responsibility. Sir John A. Macdonald was called “Old Tomorrow” because of his ability to delay and postpone or wear out his opponents. He was someone who tried to serve his caucus, rather than having his caucus serve him. He always looked towards tomorrow. This understanding of our first prime minister continues to shape how we look at our leaders and see ourselves as Canadians, as people who look outward and ahead rather than only inward and behind.
The Jewish people have a foundational story as well. It is meant to guide us and remind us of what we are called to do and be as Jews. Every year, we are called to tell that story and instil it in our children, to remind ourselves of our duties as Jews. That story is the account of the Exodus from Egypt and we tell it every year at the Passover seder. In its telling, we continue to learn what it means to be a Jewish person and our responsibilities in and to the world. [Read more…]