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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Urim Publications (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9655241556
  • ISBN-13: 978-9655241556
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Dr. Zvi Grumet’s superb meditation on Moses’ leadership employs his real setbacks as part of the amazing narrative of learning and building from humiliating defeat. Grumet’s direct conversational style makes texts accessible, context illuminating, and the subtext gripping. Grumet gets under the story to find what is truly at stake. His exciting analysis of the Spy’s Evil Report and the social upheaval in its wake alone is worth buying and reading the book.”  —Rabbi Daniel Landes, Pardes Institute of Jerusalem

About the Author

Zvi Grumet is a rabbi and a senior staff member at the Lookstein Center for Jewish Education where he is the editor of the journal Jewish Educational Leadership. He is the chairman of the Bible department at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi and is a faculty member at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 25, 2014
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Zvi Grumet’s informative book on the development of Moses’s leadership ability affords readers an opportunity to psychoanalyze and better understand Israel’s first national leader as well as themselves.

According to Grumet: “The early narratives of Moses’s life point to an essential component of his nature – a zealous passion for justice and an intolerance for unjust suffering. They indicate Moses’s struggle with that zealousness – it is inherent within Moses the Levite, but he recoils from it.” For Moses is a descendant of Jacob’s son Levi, and has inherited his impetuosity. When Levi saw that his sister Dinah was raped, he and his brother Simeon destroyed the entire city where the rape occurred.
We are introduced to Moses’s early over-zealousness when we read that he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew. “Moses slew the Egyptian not only because he would defend and avenge his people, but also because he was not yet fully master of himself.” Moses realizes that his impetuous murder placed him in danger, and he flees to save his life.

Moses reacts with zealotry twice more in his early career and realizes its bad results. When Moses sees many Israelites worshipping the Golden Calf, he orders his tribe of Levi to slay them. There is a midrash that contends that “Moses’s zealotry at the Golden Calf was a sin even worse than the Golden Calf itself. Regardless of whether one views Moses’s zealousness at the Golden Calf as positive or negative, the underlying trait emerges with fury.” Grumet describes the detrimental end: “Ironically, Moses’s zealotry for God results in a seemingly insurmountable barrier between himself and the very people for whom his zealousness” was designed to assist.
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When learning Torah (Bible) in school we never discussed Moses in any way but as a great leader. We never discussed his different stages of growth as a leader. While we touched on some of the topics discussed in this book, we never analyzed and discussed them the way they are in this book. This was an excellent read and I highly recommend it.
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