Expelling someone from the community should not be taken lightly, and should be reserved for truly egregious offenses.
Study the commentary. Read the dissent. Remember the argument. Engage the people you criticize. Respect the Shammais.
How sad and un-Jewish it is to hear people shut down argument and debate.
There are limits to our knowledge, and there can be something beautiful to accepting those limits.
The longer we indulge in these bubbles the more we fuel and perpetuate the conflict and the more death and pain we bring on ourselves.
If we lose touch with Peitho, we divide into clans that resemble each other only in our mutual hatred and disgust.
Being persuaded isn’t about being bludgeoned into submission. It is an invitation to think differently.
I will never stand in their redemption’s door. But I know I have no power to make them walk through it.
We are being persuaded to put our lives on the line to save him.
The most important battle of all may not be persuading our fellow citizens that we are right, but that we should be heard.