As Shabbat is fast approaching, I will be brief.
Everybody knows someone with the last name Cohen.
This is the Hebrew word for priest, specifically a Jewish one.
But did you know that there's a verb that goes with it?
לְכַהֵן (le-khah-HEN) is to serve in a high position. For example, Barack Obama מְכַהֵן (me-khah-HEN) today as president of the United States.
Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, talks about leadership. He says that a leader should serve a function, not glorify him/herself in the title. He says that everyone can be a leader, regardless of title.
The Jewish people have a priesthood, but they are also called מַמְלֶכֶת כֹּהֲנִים (mahm-LEH-khet koh-hah-NEEM) - a kingdom of priests. That is the role of the Jewish people - to lead, but in service.
שבת שלום! Shabbat Shalom!
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