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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Please let us know your comments and thoughts about the podcast, write to us at elmad@pardes.org.il.

Larry Kluger – Creative Consultant
Arlene Harel – Production Coordinator

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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