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A Strategic Plan for Your Seder



A Strategic Plan for Your Seder

by Daniel R. Weiss

Harvard Business School professor David J. Collis, in his book Thinking Strategically, identifies seven steps in strategic thinking: 1. Seeing the big picture, 2. Articulating strategic objectives, 3. Identifying relationships, patterns, and trends, 4. Getting creative, …

The Positives of Sacrifice



The Positives of Sacrifice

by Daniel R. Weiss

This past week, together with Abby Felsenthal, our Director of Admissions and Programming, Marc Sorin, our Bornblum Board President, and Rachel Phelps, our Board Secretary, I attended the Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools conference in …

Becoming a Hedgehog



Becoming a Hedgehog

by Daniel R. Weiss

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing”. Known as the “Hedgehog Concept”, this idea, based on an ancient Greek parable, is often used in organizations to help find success by focusing …

Gathering the Pieces



Gathering the Pieces

by Daniel R. Weiss

Last week I referred to the shoulder straps that were part of the Kohen Gadol’s clothing. The shoulder straps held the Choshen (breastplate) in place. On each shoulder strap were the names of the 12 tribes. …

Embers



Embers

by Daniel R. Weiss

A man once went to his rabbi and demanded that the rabbi make him a Kohen. The rabbi replied that such a request was impossible. The man begged, offering him millions of dollars in endowment money …

ObtainABILITY



ObtainABILITY

by Daniel R. Weiss

This week, our school has been abuzz as we prepared for our annual Curriculum Fair. We focused our attention, this year, on how music is incorporated into our school day. As you walk through our hallways you can …

Core Values



Core Values

by Daniel R. Weiss

In this week’s Torah portion, Yitro, Moses receives the first set of Tablets, containing the Ten Commandments from God. These Ten Commandments are less than two percent of the total commandment given to the Jewish People, …

Finding Our Why



Finding Our Why

by Daniel R. Weiss

Last week, after Friday night services, as I was discussing Moses’s vulnerability, it was suggested to me that perhaps it wasn’t merely Moses feeling as though he wasn’t good enough to serve God (as I had …

Vulnerability



Vulnerability

by Daniel R. Weiss
Daniel R. Weiss is the Head of School at Bornblum Jewish Community School in Memphis, Tennessee.

Each of us has life-changing or life-altering moments. For some it was the birth of our children, for some it …