As a coach with a rich background in Judaism, my knowledge of and deep respect for the wisdom found in Jewish tradition informs my coaching. When working with Jewish clients I may call upon Jewish imagery, symbolism and rituals to animate the various coaching tools and strategies already available to me.
For example, with a client who is unable to move forward because he so often compares himself to others, and lets that image stifle his own strengths; the legend about Zusya can be very useful. The story goes, that Zusya and his friend are talking about what their lives have meant, how they’re getting older, and their worries about the future. And Zusya wisely but chillingly says to his friend, “when I die and meet my maker – God’s not going to ask me, ‘why weren’t you Moses’ he’s going to ask me ‘why weren’t you Zusya’, and that’s what really scares me”.
I would then ask my client, what does it mean for you to live your life in such a way that that question would never be asked? What are you meant to do in this world? What does it mean for you to be you?