Suffering and Sacrifice: Individual and Collective Benefits, and Implications for Leadership

  • Scott T. Allison
  • Gwendolyn C. Setterberg
Part of the Jepson Studies in Leadership book series (JSL)


As the proverbial story goes, a prominent rabbi was once asked to explain the meaning of the word blessing. The rabbi gave a roundabout answer, first noting that in the book of Genesis, God took six days to make the heavens, the earth, and all living creatures. After each creation, whether it was light, land, oceans, plants, or the animal kingdom, God pronounced it to be good. But on the sixth day, after God created man and woman, this pronouncement from God is conspicuously absent. The rabbi cautioned against concluding that humans are not good, noting that the term good is actually a misleading translation of the original Hebrew word, tov. Tov means complete, finished, or sufficient.


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