ROI 120


This past week, I attended a conference in Jerusalem called ROI120 (ROI 120). I have now heard conflicting things about what ROI stands from “Return on Investment,” to Hebrew for “shepherd” or “leader.” Lynn Schusterman, a prominent donor in the world of Jewish Philanthropy, pays for 120 young Jews from around the world to fly […]

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The Swing Vote


In Israel, the right controls about 40% of the vote give or take 5% and the left controls about 40% of the vote give or take 5%. Several minority parties control the rest of the vote, but none of those parties are as powerful as the ultra orthodox, which controls about 10% of the vote. […]

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Are You Religious?


“Are you religious?” one Israeli asked me. “Yes.” He then looked for a kipah (yamaka) on my head. There wasn’t one. Then he wondered what I was doing out late on a Friday night. I then proceeded to explain that you could be religious and spiritual without being Orthodox. He was thoroughly confused as are […]

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Process and Success


There was a fantastic article in the New Yorker magazine (the May 12th, 2008 issue) about Toyota and its “open secret of success.” What the article discussed was Toyota’s relentless pursuit of improving the process of making automobiles. From the fact that any employee can pull an “andon cord” and stop the entire assembly line […]

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Thinking of Investing in China?


Guess what your return would have been had you invested in China in March of 1998, ten years ago. Consider before you answer that the last ten years has been unstoppable GDP growth, a miracle in terms of economic change. China has emerged on the scene as an economic powerhouse and it is on the […]

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