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The rain has finally arrived and with it, rainbows.  The colors of the rainbow have symbolized diversity for thinkers as diverse as 19th century Jewish sage Samson Raphael Hirsch, and the designers of the LGBT Pride Flag.

The rainbow's colors are connected yet distinct and it is that combination of unity and diversity that makes the rainbow beautiful. 

Our community is like the rainbow - variety wrapped in a peoplehood package. Connected, we work best when we respect our differences and work through them.

The rabbis call this machloket - "dispute for the sake of heaven," or "Constructive Conflict."  It is among the great Jewish ideas - the Talmud is a series of constructive disputes over centuries.  Respectful and vigorous disagreement has helped to keep us alive as a people (and when it was missing it nearly destroyed us).  Inspired by our partners at the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, we are celebrating "Constructive Conflict" next month here in Northern California. 

Read more on the topic of Constructive Conflict (and rainbows) in  today's edition of J.And for a deep dive,we invite you to this year's Feast of Jewish Learning on February 20th at Congregation Beth Am.  This year's theme:  Holy Discord:  The Art of Jewish Dispute.  And for our community of educators, we've included resources and tools to address this topic in the classroom below.

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David Waksberg
CEO Jewish LearningWorks
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ResourcesResources For Educators

Machloket(Dispute for the Sake of Heaven or Constructive Conflict) is among the great Jewish ideas. 
We are partnering with our friends at the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution to promote the study of Constructive Conflict here in Northern California, starting on February 12th, culminating in the Feast of Jewish Learning on February 20th.

We've created this resource page to support our community of educators as they create new pathways to bring the theme of constructive conflict into their classrooms, through the lens of Israel.
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