Truth, Compromise, and How to Talk When We Disagree

Date: Sep 16, 2020 - Sep 16, 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Community Courses Online Learning

An online mini-course with JTS

Three Wednesdays
September 16, 23, 30
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

In a time of increasingly heated rhetoric, internet trolling, and “cancel culture,” it is easy to look at our world as uniquely polarized. However, the rabbinic tradition also expresses concern about these types of conflicts and offers us tools for how to navigate them. We will consider classical rabbinic texts about the power of language and ask: 

  • When is compromise the right response—and when must we hold fast to our values? 
  • Can staying silent be more powerful than speaking? 
  • Is humiliation ever an acceptable communication tactic? 

With Dr. Rachel Rosenthal, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS.

Cost: $60

Recordings will be available for those unable to attend live. Registration required.


About Dr. Rachel Rosenthal

Dr. Rachel Rosenthal is an adjunct assistant professor of Talmud at The Jewish Theological Seminary and a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She received her PhD in Rabbinic Literature from JTS, where her dissertation focused on how rabbinic analysis of the case of the stubborn and rebellious son provides models for moral education and development. In addition to her work at JTS and Hartman, Rachel teaches at Central Synagogue, Lincoln Square Synagogue, and in a variety of of other settings around the world. She has also served on the faculty of the Maimonides Scholars Program, Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study, and Drisha, where she was a graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle. She received a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.