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One fact people across political divides today may still agree upon is that civil discourse is turning less and less civil. Indeed, the sheer lack of desire to try to understand those with opposing political opinions and to disagree constructively over critical questions is posing an existential threat to democracies around the world. In response, Pardes created Mahloket Matters: How to Disagree Constructively.
A befitting time to engage in Mahloket Matters programming is during the week of 9Adar: Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict, a related Pardes project. Two thousand years ago on the 9th of the Hebrew month of Adar, the typically constructive disagreements between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai turned destructive. 9Adar serves as a powerful reminder of what can happen when the values and skills of mahloket l’shem shamayim (disagreement for the sake of Heaven) are neglected.
Since 2013, schools, campuses, synagogues, Jewish organizations, and conflict resolution organizations have taken the time during the week of 9Adar to study and practice cultivating a culture of constructive conflict across personal, political and religious divides.
The resources presented here have been created to address some of the current debates whose clash of values have been present throughout the ages. Each unit takes on a “central question” and presents Jewish text study, commentaries, and/or related historical events before addressing the issue in modern times.
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There is no charge for these materials.
Mahloket Matters: How to Disagree Constructively – 9Adar Resources include source sheets, educator’s guides and podcasts.
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