Can Civility Be the Answer to Polarization?

By Melissa Weintraub, Eyal Rabinovitch

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, April 2012

With the country and the American Jewish community increasingly and stubbornly polarized, fatigue, rampant frustration, and residual hope have led many to call for civility. Volatile community conflicts rife with attacks, threats, and pervasive fear have spurred a wave of efforts seeking to undo the damage of our polarized public space. In the Jewish community, polarization has been most acute around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Jewish organizations and synagogues creating official policies to avoid Israel altogether, and rabbis across the country retreating from "the death by Israel sermon." In the resultant wave of civility efforts, those invoking civility generally have one of three things in mind. For these efforts to succeed, we must rightly assess the value and consequences of each line of thinking.

Topic: Conflict Resolution, Discourse and Dialogue, Extremism

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.689

Page Number(s): 11--12

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Weintraub, Melissa. Rabinovitch, Eyal. Can Civility Be the Answer to Polarization?. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. April 2012: 11--12. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13920


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