Arguing for Heaven’s Sake

Published in The Jewish Standard on October 31, 2019.

Written by, Joanne Palmer

“It’s possible that the deepest of all Jewish instincts is the need to argue. To look at texts and say, “yes, but.” To listen to your teachers and say, “Are you sure?” To listen to your family and friends and say, “You’ve gotta be kidding.”

And to do all of it out of a burning need. Not a need to be obnoxious, not a need to pick a fight, just a need to question. To be driven by a relationship with words and ideas. And in the end to be drawn closer to the words and to your sparring partner because of it.”

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