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Music Makes the people come together

Made anything good on TikTok lately?

BEFORE TIKTOK WAS A THING, THERE WAS THE DANCING GUY

Meet the Dancing Guy

Whether you are the "dancing guy", the first follower, or the 100th follower.

Everyone plays an important role in creating a movement.

Who is the leader? Who is the follower?

Who is more important?

Who has shown leadership during the COVID19 pandemic?

Our Jewish tradition teaches us that there are two kinds of leaders:

People who inspire

AND

People who do

What is the difference?

Is one more important then the other?

Why or why not?

Who led us out of Egypt?

Moses

OR

Nachshon

What is more important, being the person to start something, or being the first person to join in?

Why is Moses famous and Nachson relatively unknown?

Does it matter?

“No one can lead alone. Seven times in Genesis Chapter 1, we hear the word “tov” (good). Only twice in the whole Torah does the phrase “lo tov” (not good) appear. The first is when God says, “It is not good for man to be alone.” The second is when Jethro sees his son-in-law, Moses, leading alone and says, “What you are doing is not good.” We cannot live alone. We cannot lead alone. Leadership is teamsmanship.”

-Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Questions:

1) Why is it impossible to lead alone?

2) Can you think of a situation where you tried to be a leader and no one followed you? What could you do differently?

3) What would Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks think of our current leaders?

Let's Test it out

What does it mean to be a leader or a follower?

What does it mean to do?

What does it mean to inspire?

Trust Walk:

Ask your family to arrange themselves into pairs. Instruct one partner to be the guide (navigator) and the other to be blindfolded. Once the blindfolded partner is ready, slowly spin the person around a few times so that they are unsure which direction they are headed. From this point on, the guide should not touch the partner at all, but rely solely on verbal cues (e.g. “In approximately five steps ahead, there will be a tree branch. Go ahead and step over it slowly.")

PB and J

Write step-by-step instructions to make a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich. Get on FaceTime and have your friend follow your directions step by step.

REFLECTIONS

Option 1:

Reflect in writing about if you see yourself as a leader or a follower during these times. Give specific examples of when you were a leader and when you were a follower.

Option 2:

Write a short story about what would the world look like if everyone was a leader and there were no followers?

Submit your response HERE

We started with a dance party, so let's end with our own dance party!

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Credits:

Created with images by Drew Colins - "@drewcolins" • Gift Habeshaw - "untitled image" • Austin Distel - "Guy dancing in the fog at the Golden Gate Bridge. Model 👨🏼‍💻 @austindistel. ❤️ If you use this photo on your site, I would be very appreciative if you would please credit in the caption or meta to "www.distel.co". ❤️ " • Juan Camilo Navia - "Bailando, riendo y jugando, se olvidan los problemas por un rato, se feliz un momento, escucha música, ríe, camina, intenta hacer algo que en verdad te divierta." • Rainier Ridao - "Dance Group Chant" • Forest Simon - "untitled image" • Olga Doganoc - "untitled image" • Sébastien Jermer - "untitled image" • Vince Fleming - "untitled image" • Analia Baggiano - "Happy Hand" • bady qb - "Indoor rock climbing" • roya ann miller - "Indoor Climbing" • Corleto Peanut butter - "Peanut butter" • Mike Tinnion - "The amount of times I have tried to find a decent photo of a blank sketch book is too many. So I decided to create a few, starting with this one."