The Story of Purim Through a Constructive Mahloket (Disagreement) Lens

Many students never question why Mordechai wouldn’t bow to Haman, but according to halakha there isn’t a prohibition against bowing to a fellow human being, as a social custom or sign of respect. So why didn’t Mordechai bow to Haman? This activity is designed to help students approach texts with an openness to exploring the varying perspectives of all characters involved, an openness which they can then apply to their own lives. The unit includes a Teacher’s Guide, Source Sheet, and Student Havruta Handout.

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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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