Disagreements for the Sake of Heaven and the Story of 9Adar

The 9AdarProject seeks to cultivate a culture of constructive conflict across personal, political, religious and other divides throughout the year. The 9th of the Hebrew month of Adar marks the day that two thousand years ago healthy disagreements “for the sake of Heaven” turned destructive and serves as a powerful reminder of what can happen when these values and skills are neglected.

The Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict, known in Israel as דיבור חדש: השבוע לקידום מחלוקת בונה, is dedicated to increasing public awareness around the values and skills of constructive conflict as well as awareness of organizations that work to promote these values and skills year round. It is commemorated annually the week of the 9th of Adar Aleph when there is leap year, and on all other years the Sunday to Saturday between Tu Bishvat and Rosh Chodesh Adar.

This sourcesheet provides the texts regarding “Disagreements for the Sake of Heaven” & “The Story of the 9th of Adar.”

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About Daniel Roth

Daniel is the director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution. He holds a Ph.D. from Bar Ilan University‘s Program for Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation writing on Jewish models of conflict resolution, peacemaking, and reconciliation. Daniel has been teaching advanced rabbinics, Bible, conflict resolution and other subjects at Pardes for over fifteen years. Click here to read more.

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