“In the absence of a shared moral language, religious leadership is faced with the alternative of speaking either to its own faithful –in which case it fails to do justice to powerful opposed ethical claims – or to a minimalist moral consensus – in which case its pronouncements appear vapid and without content. ”
“I remember my first private audience with R. Menahem Mendel Schneersohn, the Rebbe of Lubavitch. In the course of a long conversation I used the phrase – a classic in the vocabulary of excuse-making – In the situation in which I find myself… The Rebbe allowed the sentence to get no further. No-one ever finds himself in a situation. He said. He places himself in a situation. And if he placed himself in this situation, he can place himself in another situation. ”
“Religious leaders should never seek power, but neither may they abdicate their task of being a counter-voice in the conversation of mankind. ”
“Rabbinic leadership must be based on collegiality and mutual respect, and a willingness to give an honourable audience to conflicting views. ”