For the Sake of Argument

Stories and workshops to get you arguing with your family, friends, and community. And that’s a good thing!

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Introducing Stories for the Sake of Argument

Front cover of book - Stories for the Sake of Argument.

In our increasingly polarized world, how can you engage with people who think very differently from you? And what can you learn from these often charged conversations?

Stories for the Sake of Argument features 24 short stories specially designed to get your family and friends arguing about some of the thorniest issues facing Israel and the Jewish world today.

Each story tackles a different issue, sets up a powerful clash of values, and leaves you with an unresolved dilemma to discuss. The guiding questions accompanying the stories invite you to let go of binary thinking and discover a more nuanced way to connect and communicate.

Through this groundbreaking book, you’ll:

  • Develop the tools to talk with people with whom you disagree

  • Explore and grapple with other viewpoints and voices

  • Deepen your understanding of yourself, others, and Israel

Whatever stage of life you’re at, Stories for the Sake of Argument will invigorate the way you think and talk about Israel.

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For discounted bulk orders (10 or more copies), email us at inquiries@forthesakeofargument.org

what people
are saying

“From family tensions to communal and national schisms, Stories for the Sake of Argument offers a wise blueprint for navigating one of the great challenges of our time: how to conduct passionate but respectful disagreements. At a time when democracies are unraveling and fellow citizens increasingly perceive each other as enemies, this book is a gift.”

Yossi Klein Halevi,
Senior fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, author, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor

"This book represents the creative handicraft of two master educators, who use the format of stories and the processing of narratives to help shape more dignified, enduring, respectful and meaningful conversations across differences. This book calls for interactive wrestling and deep engagement. Stories for the Sake of Argument has an important place in homes, classrooms, boardrooms and libraries world-over."

Dr. Erica Brown,
Author and Yeshiva University’s Director of Sacks-Herenstein Center for Values and Leadership

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For the Sake of Argument the project

One of the greatest challenges for Israel education is indifference among our learners.

To build connection and commitment, educators tend to stay clear of divisive topics and issues. Arguments make many people uncomfortable and so they prefer to avoid them.

For the Sake of Argument offers a fresh approach. We harness the energy and passion contained in healthy arguments about Israel.

We embrace arguments as a powerful tool for getting to know ourselves, each other, and the issues we’re discussing more deeply.

In our fractured society, we need to start connecting beyond our bubbles. We need to strengthen our ability to talk with people who have other points of view.

Through these conversations, we develop our listening skills, empathy, and understanding. We begin to build bridges across the divides.

Alongside Stories for the Sake of Argument, we run argument circles for Jewish organizations, schools, communities, and youth groups.

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“Today’s society shies away from disagreement, but Jewish tradition strongly encourages it as a way of reaching understanding, if not consensus,”

Robbie Gringras

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our Workshops

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Argument Circles

Interested in holding an argument circle for your group, organization, school, or community? Our skilled facilitators run vibrant argument circles tailored to your needs, using the stories as inspiration. These circles can be held online or in person.

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Meet the Authors

Enjoy a lively conversation with co-authors Abigail Dauber Sterne and Robbie Gringras. Learn more about the story behind the stories, hear a couple of stories read out loud, and explore the role of arguments in Israel education. We offer these events in person or online.

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Facilitation Fundamentals

Do you want to run argument circles within your organization but you’re not sure how to go about it? We’ll train your staff to facilitate workshops using our stories while building a culture of healthy argument within your programs.

Consultation and Curriculum Design

meet the authors

Sometimes we can disagree not to convince the other, and not even to solve a problem. Sometimes engaging in disagreement allows us to learn, to grow, to expand our own horizons and those of others.

Abi Dauber Sterne and Robbie Gringras

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Robbie Gringras
Abi Dauber Sterne

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News and stories

What We're Reading: Conflicted by Ian Leslie

Introducing a new series of blog posts in which we share what we've been reading as we develop a pedagogy of argument. Our first installment focuses on "Conflicted: How Productive Disagreements Lead to Better Outcomes" by Ian Leslie.

Shrinking the Sacred

In light of deep societal divisions, Abi explores the sacralization of our values and the significance of making space for other ideas and beliefs.

Is Israel Education controversial? Yom Rabin and beyond

Robbie examines how we mark Yom Rabin in our schools, and more broadly, how we broach controversial topics related to Israel and why it's important to do so.

THOUGHTS for the sake of argument

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