In the current cultural political climate, most
people agree that civil discourse has deteriorated—a sign of danger to
democracy. Following a program developed by the Pardes Institute, we shall
study constructive disagreement. Whether in the Sanhedrin (High Court) or the
Beit Midrash (Academy), mahloket, conflicting opinion is found
throughout classic Jewish literature. Using video and text study, we shall
examine a contemporary issue with reference to a biblical conflict narrative,
how classical commentators read the “facts,” historical precedents for each
position and practical possibilities to understand and engage more
constructively with opposing political views, encountered in personal
interaction, social or news media.
This program will be offered via Zoom. For registration information, email Rosalie Hartenberg Watson.