Mishpatim: Go According to the Majority — But First Know the 49 vs 49!

Posted by Daniel Roth on February 19, 2017
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem: Weekly Parsha Podcast, Mishpatim


In this week’s podcast Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth looks into Parshat Mishpatim. The rabbis read the words in Exodus 23:2 “acharey rabim lahatot” to mean “go after the majority”, but first know how to argue 49 ways one way and 49 ways the opposite way on each issue.  This podcast discusses some of the key procedures from the ancient Sanhedrin put in place to ensure healthy disagreement based around the 49 vs 49 that can have important lessons for us today.

This podcast was recorded as part of The 9Adar Project: Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict. To see more on how you can get involved, see 9adar.org.

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About Daniel Roth

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth is the director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, which includes the Mahloket Matters Project, and has been teaching at Pardes for over twenty years. In addition, Roth is the director of the Mosaica Center’s Religious Peace Initiative and teaches graduate courses on religion and peacebuilding at Bar-Ilan University’s Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation Graduate Program, as well as at Tel Aviv University’s International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, and at Hebrew University’s Coexistence in the Middle East summer program. Roth is also the founder of the 9AdarProject: Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict, known in Israel as DiburHadash: The Israeli Week of Mediation and Dialogue, and a regular lecturer of MEJDI (multi-narrative) Tours and National Geographic. Roth was a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution. He holds a Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University’s Conflict Resolution Program, MA in Talmud from Hebrew University, B.Ed in Jewish Philosophy and Talmud from Herzog Teachers’ College, and studied for eight years in Yeshivat Har-Etzion during which time he received rabbinic ordination. Click here to read more.

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