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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)
|Learn/Teach (Talmud Torah)
|Be a Rodef Shalom for the Day
Help turn this 9 Adar into the Jewish Day of Constructive Conflict.
Registration to participate begins January 1, 2014 at 9adar.org
The 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”.
Your plans can include any of the following: