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By Dr. Thomas D. Zweifel
Every day we hear yet another story of economic meltdown. Once-stalwart financial institutions are going out of business. Our leaders are struggling to come up with a recipe. It's a dark time indeed.
For Thomas Zweifel, the solution comes from an unexpected source: the 3,000-year-old tradition of Judaism, which is not only a religion but also a time-honored system for ethical decision-making. Torah, Talmud and Kabbalah offer astonishingly practical lessons for twentyfirst-century managers.
In a unique synergy, the author has teamed up with Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin, to blend the timeless wisdom of the Ten Commandments with a cutting-edge methodology based on 25 years of coaching leaders.
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Heights' Rabbi Raskin, Financial Expert Zweifel Write Advice Book
by Brooklyn Eagle (firstname.lastname@example.org), published online 11-03-2008
'The Rabbi and the CEO' Grew Out Of Chance Meeting on the Promenade
By Julia K. Weis
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS -- For this young writer, the first thing that comes to mind when a person mentions a book on leadership is airplane reading. You know the kind -- a glossy-covered, overpriced "How to" that you scramble to pick up on the way to catch a flight to who-knows-where.
To say that I am kicking myself for prejudging the genre would be an understatement. The Rabbi and the CEO is a well-crafted guide to living your life within a more ethical framework as established by more than 3,000-year-old Jewish traditions.
As the 2008 presidential election nears, various aspects of the book, heralded as "The Ten Commandments for 21st Century Leaders," as well as its authors, acclaimed management consultant Dr. Thomas D. Zweifel and Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin of B'nai Avraham in Brooklyn Heights, grab my attention -- as will they yours.
The Rabbi and the CEO is accessible to Jews and non-Jews alike, enabling them to "be themselves, take charge, and fulfill their highest aspirations." Didactic, yet not imposing, it offers relatable anecdotes from both the Torah and current events on how to better one's self, improve personal as well as professional relationships, and reach one's full potential.
Says Zweifel of its relevance, "In this time of election and financial crisis, people are yearning for an orientation that is beyond crisis management in the financial sector. The real source of our [national] crisis is a lack of an ethical framework. The only way out, in my view, in a sustainable way, is for us to have a framework where people actually know where they need to go, how they should lead, and how they should do business."
Though Zweifel wanted to write a book that linked Judaism with leadership skills since 1998, it did not reach fruition until right after 9/11 when he met Rabbi Raskin.
After having witnessed the attacks on the Twin Towers, Zweifel ventured to the Promenade to mourn for the victims. There he was approached by the rabbi, who then asked him if he was Jewish, and if so, would like to tie tefillin -- a pair of black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with biblical verses, worn by Jews during prayer services.
After he joined the rabbi in prayer, the two men soon developed a relationship wherein they met every Tuesday morning to exchange ideas about how they could meld each of their expertise in a way that would be both intriguing and helpful to others. Says Raskin, "Every week, Thomas would come over, we'd pray, put on tefillin, have some breakfast, and then for an hour we'd throw out different ideas."
Asked how he felt about his book and its affect on the upcoming election, Raskin explained, "We are very fortunate in America to live in a democracy. People should go vote early and often. I'm a very proud American.
"Honestly, we didn't know if the book would come out, but we thought it was a great opportunity to connect with another person."
Rabbi Aaron Raskin's book, "The Rabbi and the CEO: The Ten Commandments for 21st Century Leaders," hits bookstores this month, just as the economy was imploding.
That said, no one religious belief is required, but such leadership is embodied by the Jewish customs of tzedakah (charity), emet (truth) and no kvetching (kvetching).
The Rabbi and the CEO
By Thomas D. Zweifel, PhD and Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin
Reviewed by Aharon ben Anshel
I was once a member of a congregation during a time that the New York Times was affectedby a strike. Not having his usual sermonizing material on hand the Rabbi began his Shabbos morning homily by quoting from the New York Motorist.
On a recentShabbos morning at The Avenue N Jewish Center, Rabbi Eisenbach brought sports stories front and center into his Shabbos sermon.
Automobiles and Sports have much to teach us, but life is always a "two-way street" and Jewish beliefs have much to teach us and impacts on almost all aspects of theway we live our lives, including both using automobiles as well as sports.
Dr. Zweifel is a management consultant who has been a CEO of large corporations, and has become a Ba'al T'Shuvah under the tutelage of Rabbi Raskin, who is the Spiritual Leader of Cong. B'nai Abraham in Brooklyn Heights. Together they have produced a "bible" of advice for business leaders to provide counsel with regard to Jewish ethics and morality as they affect our working lives.
In ten concise chapters, dealing with vision, language, Sabbath rest, respect for parents and elders, anger management, morality, business ethics and over-reaching, this new "G-d Squad" will help top executives and those who strive to become one how to "keep their eyes on the ball" toward the pinnacles of business and lifestyle successes. Together they "preach" by concrete examples, stories, metaphors, and legends - even jokes - to demonstrate necessary instruction. As civilization becomes more and more complicated with more and more specialization in vocations and business, just because one is a well-known expert at something doesn't negate the need for instruction and advice in many other matters. Raskin and Zweifel give the sample of Albert Einstein who was of the highest caliber in physics, and who enjoyed playing violin. He was once in a concert together with other players ina Chamber Orchestra, but was slightly "out of synch." The conductor turned to him and exclaimed: "Prof. Einstein - can't you count?"
From the Publisher
The Rabbi and the CEO, was recently honored by being selected as a finalist in the Jewish Book Council's 2008 National Jewish Book Awards in the "Modern Jewish Thought & Experience" category. Mazel Tov! Thomas and Rabbi Raskin!
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Thank you to both the Rabbi and the CEO.
Why I think this book makes you really think about good leadership is that this book is meant for the READER him/herself as a leader (in other words, makes the reader reflect about himself), not only HOW he has to interact with others. Only if you can authentically live this values and principles, you won't end up in chaos.