Utilize Jewish texts and wisdom to increase people’s motivation and ability to understand and engage more constructively with opinions that differ from their own. We believe that this will result in improved personal relationships and civil discourse.
The 9Adar Project seeks to cultivate a culture of constructive conflict across personal, political, religious and other divides. The 9th of the Hebrew month of Adar marks the day that two thousand years ago healthy disagreements “for the sake of Heaven” between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai turned destructive, and it serves as a powerful reminder of what can happen when these values and skills are neglected.
In 2020, the 9Adar Project’s Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict will be commemorated February 28–March 5 (Adar 3-9 5780).
In Israel, the project is known as דיבור חדש: השבוע לקידום מחלוקת בונה (Dibur Hadash: Week of Constructive Conflict). Dibur Hadash seeks to strengthen the culture of constructive conflict through collaboration with community mediation and dialogue centers throughout the country, as well as with intra- and inter-faith organizations.