Leadership is a quality that some seek out while others have it thrust on them. One person who has felt the reality of both is Daniel Taub. As a former ambassador from Israel to the storied court of St. James in the United Kingdom, Taub was asked to assume many roles and reach to varied constituents.
He remembers vividly the very day he arrived to present his credentials as ambassador to the queen. Before entering the room where she was seated, he asked an official if he could say a short prayer. Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://www.everipedia.com/editor/dtaub/ and http://www.behance.net/danieltaub
He was told his four second blessing on meeting the monarch was all right. In a way this has been the very definition of his role as the ambassador. He has worked very hard to help make sure that all is all right. He knows that people were counting on him to help represent Israeli interests and worldview to those in the United Kingdom.
His aim as an ambassador was to help reconcile his many varying roles and to make sure that all was indeed very all right. In that role, he was able to to enjoy a great deal of success and to help create a long lasting and unified sense of cooperation between the two nations.
Keeping His Religion
One of the many challenges during his role as ambassador was keeping to the tenets of his Orthodox Jewish faith. As an Orthodox Jew, Daniel Taub needs to observe certain laws. He keeps his head covered with a skullcap called a kipppah. He also observes the rules of keeping kosher. This requires him to eat only certain foods and to avoid others.
During his stay in the role of ambassador, he found it fairly easy to keep to the demands of his faith. He was delighted to find that kosher food was widely available in London and when traveling to other parts of the United Kingdom.
He and his wife Zehava felt that it was important to do all they could to showcase his observance and how it helps form the foundation of his life.
They frequently attended Shabbos services with other members of the Orthodox community in the Unite Kingdom. In short, he helped make it very all right to be who he was in the United Kingdom.