“Many of the Sapir authors offer different perspectives on the complexity and nuances of Jewish power, recognizing that power is deeply flawed and requires self-critique, while reminding us that possessing power and agency is essential to human, and Jewish dignity and self-determination. As a People, while the purity of powerlessness can be enticing – freeing us from making impossible, real-world choices and trade-offs – Jewish history has taught us too well that the alternatives to the messiness of having power generally have not gone well for us. As human beings, a critical step in our ethical development and emotional maturation happens when we take claim of our agency and take control of our lives and our choices.

Read the full article by Rabbi Mark Baker, President of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, in the Jewish Journal