More often than not, we consider our take on things to be the ultimate truth. It is especially relevant when we have been in the leadership position for a long time, thus getting used to others listening to our voice. The case of Zelophehad’s daughters brought to our attention in this week’s Torah portion, is an excellent example of a true leader’s decision.
The leader might avoid unexpected challenges, entailing tough or unpopular actions. However, when the five daughters of Zelophehad approached Moses with a claim to their father’s inheritance, neither he dismisses them nor renders their demand insignificant. Instead, Moses brings their case to the ultimate authority and receives a clear answer.
“The plea of Zelophehad’s daughters is just,” says God. This is a rare occasion of a Divine agreement with human reasoning. Moreover, Rashi (a father of daughters) comments on this verse with a rare conviction and a strong voice.
“This tells us that their eye saw what Moses’ eye did not see, and they had a finer perception of what was just in the law of inheritance than Moses had.”
Sometimes leaders should listen to others and especially women.