An extra special weekend to be inspired

This week is a special one. This Shabbos marks the anniversary of my spiritual mentor and guide the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Additionally, Devorah and I have been serving as scholars in residence at the Jewish Summer Fellowship for Women in upstate NY. So needless to say this week has been filled with lots of personal content and inspiration. So here is some of the things I've been filling up with, and this week you might notice a theme around the Rebbe and his message.

What I'm watching
over and over again is the CEO of WeWork, Adam Neumann, tell his story of being one of the most successful people on the planet yet feeling so unfulfilled. One day he found something that changed his life forever, deepened his relationships, elevated his business, and made him feel like he had a purpose. Watch it here.

A quote I often revisit when reflecting of the greatness of the Rebbes guidance and leadership
"A true leader does not seek followers, he wants to teach others how to be leaders. He does not want control, he wants the truth. He does not impose his leadership on others, nor does he take away anyone's autonomy. He inspires by love, not coercion. When it comes time to take credit, he makes himself invisible; but he is the first to arrive at the time of need, and he will never shrink away in fear. He is so passionate about your welfare that when you consult him for guidance, it is like coming face to face with yourself for the first time." -Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

What I'm reading
Toward a Meaningful Life gives Jews and non-Jews alike fresh perspectives on every aspect of their lives - from birth to death, youth to old age; marriage, love, intimacy, and family; the persistent issues of career, health, pain, and suffering; and education, faith, science, and government. We learn to bridge the divisions between accelerated technology and decelerated morality, between unprecedented worldwide unity and unparalleled personal disunity.

Wishing you the most inspiring Shabbos, and I look forward to seeing you soon.
Shlomo

p.s. We will be in NYC for a few weeks this summer and if you are going to be there. please let me know. Devorah and I would love to invite you for Shabbos in Brooklyn or meet up for coffee or drinks in the city.

Posted on July 5, 2019 .