What is the 9Adar Project?
The 9Adar Project seeks to cultivate a culture of constructive conflict across personal, political, religious and other divides throughout the year. The 9th of the Hebrew month of Adar marks the day that two thousand years ago healthy disagreements “for the sake of Heaven” turned destructive and serves as a powerful reminder of what can happen when these values and skills are neglected.
The Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict, known in Israel as דיבור חדש: השבוע לקידום מחלוקת בונה (Dibur Hadash: Israeli Week of Constructive Conflict), is dedicated to increasing public awareness around the values and skills of constructive conflict as well as awareness of organizations that work to promote these values and skills year round. It is commemorated annually the week of the 9th of Adar Aleph when there is leap year, and on all other years the Sunday to Saturday between Tu Bishvat and Rosh Chodesh Adar.
In 2017, the Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict will be commemorated around Israel and the world February 19 – 25.
Download the 2017 toolkit for easy-to-use ideas on how to bring tochacha (constructive communication) and the culture of constructive conflict further into your school.
For those wishing to focus on mahloket l’shem shamayim (disagreement the sake of Heaven/constructive conflict), please download the 2016 toolkit.