Sunday, November 8, 2009

Criteria for leadership


"The oft-mentioned tuvei ha’ir [leadership of Jewish communities from talmudic times through the Middle Ages] are not necessarily the wisest, oldest or wealthiest, but rather the ones who work hardest in community needs, such that all of the community’s needs are handled by them and the eyes of the community turn to them for all of their needs, such as arranging charity and dedication of items for holy purposes. This is why they are called ‘community heads,’ since all of the needs of the community are executed by them."

(Responsa of Rabbi Eliyahu Mizrachi, 53)

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