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Fall 2019
Apr 09, 2020
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JCIV 016 - Dialog/Debat/Diff: Jews&Hindus
Conflict Happens. Learn from Jews and Hindus To Do It Better. Debate, dialogue, and disagreement play central roles in both Dharmic traditions and in Judaism. The Talmud is full of paragraphs of the form, “Rabbi X says this while Rabbi Y says that.” The Talmud says in the name of God himself, about the conflicting views of the schools of Hillel and Shammai, that “These and those are the words of the living God.” (I'll find a better quote) If you went to India and Tibet now, you'd still see nuns and monks their heated debates, gesticulating wildly as they defend their points of view in a tradition that goes as far back as 1000BCE. How did these debates prevent India from descending into endless religious wars given the variety that existed in pre-Modern India? Could these ancient techniques help us find harmony in our deeply divisive times? In this course we'll explore millennia-old Jewish and Dharmic techniques to turn what might otherwise devolve into divisive, destructive and hate-filled rhetoric into productive, respectful and constructive "conversational -conflict," what is called in Judaism: Arguments for the Sake of Heaven. Rather than break communities apart, these conversations help them move forward together, toward truth, toward a way of proceeding together, and toward deeper empathy and understanding. Come learn these techniques, and how to apply them today! The course runs for 8 sessions, co-taught by Director for Jewish Life, Rabbi Rachel Gartner, and Director for Hindu Life, Brahmachari Sharan.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Jewish Civilization Department

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