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Meet or Refuse to Meet? From Korah and Moses to Political Adversaries Today

Zoom 10

Rabba Shani Gross is the Director of North American Programs at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Shani most recently served as Pardes’s Assistant Director of Education NA. Shani earned rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat, is a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar (Class 29), and a former Hillel Fellow for Rabbinic Entrepreneurship (OOI). Shani was the Director of the Silicon Valley Beit Midrash, a center of learning on the West Coast that empowers Jewish people of all backgrounds to study classic Jewish texts in a pluralistic, warm and intellectually challenging environment. When not teaching, Shani can usually be found with her husband Chaim, chasing after their two beautiful sons, Elan and Navon."

Is it true that people who disagree with each other should meet in person to iron out their differences? Might there be scenarios in which it would be foolish, counterproductive, or even immoral to engage in conversation with “the other?” We are going to discuss these questions as they relate to Biblical and contemporary figures. This class comes from Pardes's educational workshop series - Mahloket Matters: How to Disagree Constructively.