Democracy, Dissent and Leadership Responsibility
Publication Date: June 2009
Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee
Author(s): Steven Bayme
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Public policies; Spirituality; Leadership; Jewish Text
The author examines the story told in the Book of Numbers (11:24-29) in which Moses delegates authority to seventy elders, two of which begin to prophesy in the camp, and are criticized by Joshua and vindicated by Moses. The author cites rabbinic commentaries upon this story to draw contemporarily applicable lessons relating to leadership, delegation, and tolerance for dissent.