New Book by Dr. Norman J. Cohen "Moses and the Journey to Leadership: Timeless Lessons of Effective Management from the Bible and Today's Leaders"

Friday, December 1, 2006

Dr. Norman J. Cohen, Provost and Professor of Midrash at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has just published a new book: Moses and the Journey to Leadership: Timeless Lessons of Effective Management from the Bible and Today's Leaders. Cohen's book addresses the contemporary search for leaders with vision and integrity, by focusing on a great biblical leader whose life and actions in antiquity offer wisdom and inspiration for our own time. 

Cohen explores how leaders are not simply born, but molded through life's victories and failures, triumphs and defeats. No one exemplifies this process better than Moses, the most important and celebrated character in the Hebrew Bible. Faced with great internal and external challenges, Moses was sculpted into a great leader not only by circumstance, but also by his own determination and devotion to his people. 

In his powerful and probing examination of the enduring texts in the biblical tradition, Cohen assesses Moses's journey to leadership and its lessons on the vision, action, and skills needed to be a successful leader. Cohen relives Moses's development from lonely shepherd to founder of a nation, emphasizing key points that the reader can utilize to enrich the different leadership roles one may be called upon to play in one's daily life, whether in business, religion, politics, education, or other arenas. 

Cohen draws from Moses's life to provide guidance on how to: Articulate one's expectations of others, as a group and as individuals; Empower others to lead more responsible, ethical lives; Support co-workers and family even when they fail; Challenge others to reach their highest potential. 

"Cohen is a consummate teacher of midrash, rabbinic interpretation of scripture. He brings our biblical ancestor alive, while teaching us what is at stake in true leadership," states Professor Burt L. Visotzky, Appleman Professor Midrash and Interreligious Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary. 

A participant in Bill Moyer's Genesis: A Living Conversation on PBS, Dr. Cohen's scholarship focuses on finding contemporary meaning from ancient biblical texts. He is the author of Self, Struggle, & Change: Family Conflict Stories in Genesis and Their Healing Insights for Our Lives; Voices from Genesis: Guiding Us through the Stages of Life; The Way into Torah; and Hineini in Our Lives: Learning How to Respond to Others through 14 Biblical Texts and Personal Stories

Dr. Cohen's books are available from Jewish Lights Publishing, atwww.jewishlights.com or 800-962-4544. For more on Dr. Norman Cohen, please visit his faculty page on the HUC-JIR website at www.huc.edu/faculty/faculty/cohenn.shtml 


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu