asher63 (asher63) wrote,

Reading and Leading

Last Wednesday morning, Rabbi S. invited me to lead the beginning of the morning prayers at the Chabad synagogue. It's about 12 pages of Hebrew in our prayerbook and takes maybe 20 - 25 minutes to read. This was my first time leading services. I know the daily services pretty well, and my Hebrew is decent, but it was still very gratifying to me when he congratulated me on a good job.

And in a couple of weeks, I'll recite my proficiency lecture at my Lodge to be confirmed as a Master Mason. Once I'm confirmed, the Grand Master is talking about nominating me to serve as Lodge Chaplain.

All of this got me thinking about the importance of grassroots organizations and civil society in building confidence and leadership skills. Both of these things are seemingly ritual, ceremonial roles, carrying no real decision-making responsibility. But I think a lot of leadership is in the ability to appear in front of others with dignity and grace, learning to say the right words at the right time, learning all the secret handshakes (figuratively or in some cases literally), and feeling comfortable in front of a group of people.
Tags: freemasons, hebraica

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