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9 Adar

Never heard of it? You’re not alone! The 9th of Adar is the day, approximately 2,000 years ago, on which the initially peaceful and constructive conflict (machloket l’shem shamayim) between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai, erupted into a violent and destructive conflict over a vote on 18 legal matters leading to the death of 3,000 students. The day was later declared a fast day, however, it was never observed as such.

The Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution has therefore chosen this day to be the international Jewish Day of Constructive Conflict (machloket l’shem shamayim), dedicated to both the study and practice of Judaism and conflict resolution.

 

Join Us This 9 Adar (February 1-9, 2014)

There are 18 ways you or your organization can participate in your home, workplace, synagogue, school and community, recalling the 18 matters over which the conflict erupted.

Traditional Fast Day Customs (Minhagim)
  1. Fast (ta’anit)
  2. Fast from destructive speech (ta’anit dibbur)
  3. Contribute (tzedakah)
  4. Self-reflect (teshuvah)
  5. Pray (tefilah)
  6. Cook/eat (se’udah)

 

Learn/Teach (Talmud Torah)
  1. Write
  2. Study/Read/listen
  3. Give a dvar torah (words of Torah)
  4. Teach
  5. Announce/share/tell
  6. Create

 

Be a Rodef Shalom for the Day
  1. Sign/Create a Rodef Shalom Agreement (Haskamah)
  2. Greet others as a rodef shalom
  3. Be a rodef shalom in your own conflicts
  4. Be a rodef shalom for others in conflict
  5. Be a rodef shalom by facilitating a constructive conversation
  6. Invite a professional rodef shalom

Help turn this 9 Adar into the Jewish Day of Constructive Conflict.

Registration to participate begins January 1, 2014 at 9adar.org

 

 

Read on for information about last year’s 9 Adar (2013):

9 Adar 5773 / February 19, 2013

Inaugural year of activities promoting machloket l’shem shamayim

Constructive ConflictThe Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution (PCJCR) invites you to join us this 9th of Adar (February 19, 2013) in inaugurating the Jewish Day of Constructive Conflict by reading and studying more about it and by attempting to manage conflicts in a more constructive and cooperative spirit.

Approximately 2,000 years ago, on the 9th of Adar, the initially peaceful and constructive conflict (machloket l’shem shamayim) between two dominant Jewish schools of thought, Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai, erupted into a violent and destructive conflict leading to the death of many (3,000 according to some sources). The day was said to be as tragic as the day the golden calf was created (Exodus 32:28).

This day was later declared a fast day (Shulchan Aruch, Laws of Fasts 580), however it was never observed as such. The PCJCR, together with institutional partners around the world, seeks to reinstate this somewhat forgotten day on the Jewish calendar, making it a day dedicated to the study and practice of constructive conflict, and other Jewish models of conflict resolution.

It is our prayer that through commemorating this day in this manner, we may indeed merit to transform a tragic fast day into a day full of rejoicing and happiness as the Shulchan Aruch concludes its section on fast days, including the ninth of Adar: “In the future, G-d will turn these days into days of rejoicing and happiness”.

Resources prepared specifically for this day

PCJCR materials:

Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) materials:

Further reading in Hebrew:


Share with us your plans for 9th Adar 5773 or sign up
to get involved in the Jewish Day of Constructive Conflict 5774/2014 and/or be in touch with us at [pcjcr at pardes.org.il].

 

Your plans can include any of the following:

  • Study on your own by reading any of the articles on this page.
  • Study in a group.
  • Teach the material or give a dvar torah about it on Shabbat, Feb 16.

More Info

Additional resources:

Join Pardes around the world in commemorating this day:
  • Meesh Hammer-Kossoy and Malka Landau @ Pardes in Jerusalem. Pardes students only.
  • Yaffa Epstein, Alana Alpert and Dasi Fruchter @ Limmud New York.
  • Daniel Roth @ Limmud Bay Area.
  • Daniel Roth @ Ikar on Shabbat, February 16.

Constructive Conflict

Thank you for participating in the Jewish Day of Constructive Conflict (JDCC).