Three Great Reads from the Jewish Journal
What does Jewish tradition teach us about seeing other perspectives? Can Israel move past division? How is Beverly Hill’s Dr. Sheila Nazarian fighting antisemitism online?
…it’s a lot more interesting and useful to study the different sides of a conflict, especially one as complex and intractable as the Israel-Palestinian conflict… because, regardless of where one sits politically, appreciating complexity is a fundamental Jewish value.
A Jewish state cannot thrive on disagreement alone. Alongside the Jewish spirit of Mahloket (disagreement), it must also have a government with a mandate to implement a long-term policy. Alongside the Jewish spirit of Mahloket it must also have stability. The Jews of Israel (and the Arabs too) want to have a Mahloket as if they still reside in the Diaspora, as they can still have a debate without consequences – and also want to preserve their state without it falling apart.
This might not be a possible undertaking. This might not be feasible.
[Dr. Sheila Nazarian] saw the attacks happening in Israel and the anti-Zionism and antisemitism that was spreading around the world on social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. So she used her huge following to stand up for her people and her values.