9th of Adar
On the 9th of the Hebrew month of Adar, approximately 2,000 years ago, the initially peaceful and constructive disagreements between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai, turned destructive. It was later declared a fast day, however it was never observed as such.
On this day we are encouraged to think about what we are able to do, in order to disagree constructively. It is understood that there will be disagreements. The issue is how to disagree with respect.
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2. The famous Israeli song Rikma Enoshit and Buber's Hasidic story, both grapple with the question of how to respond to hatred and hostility. Both express a notion that there is a "mystical" and deep relationship between people, regardless of where they are from, their religion or beliefs, and even their actions.
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