Discover a medley of argument-provoking content.
Abi introduces us to a beautiful Hasidic teaching that sees argument as an act of creation.
A booklet comprising our four new Stories for the Sake of Argument on Israel’s judicial reforms and the protest movement. Download now and dive in!
Drawing on Zimmerman and Robertson, we look to apply their four rules of thumb to recognize a topic that is "maximally controversial"
How can healthy arguments contribute to the field of Israel education?
What can you say to make your arguments more healthy? Here are a few prompts to help you overcome challenges that arise during disagreements.
Before entering into a healthy argument, we recommend setting your intentions. Abi and Robbie suggest 5 intentions to help you get into a healthy argument mindset.
Introducing the three main types of argument - a debate, a negotiation, and a healthy argument.
A story written especially for #YomRabin exploring what Rabin Memorial Day means to different groups within Israeli society.
A poster featuring our 5 intentions to help get into a mindset conducive to a healthy argument.
A neighborhood is closed to traffic on Shabbat, to the delight of one of the residents. When she gets to work the following day, she finds that her co-worker is far from delighted. This is the fourth story in our Israel in 2023 collection.
A private social club for Cuban expats suddenly has to cope with non-Cubans wishing to participate fully. This is a reworked version of the story that originally appeared in Stories for the Sake of Argument.
Should an American Jew visiting her Israeli friend in Tel Aviv attend the demonstrations against Israel's Judicial reforms? The friends deeply disagree.
Many of Israel’s Air Force pilots have refused to attend their reserve duty practice flights in protest at the Government’s Judicial Reform plans. An Air Force officer has nightmares about the potential security implications.
As a family gathers for Yom Ha'atzmaut, a grandfather's disillusionment with Israel threatens to dampen the festivities. Discover our new story on celebrating Israel's independence during a time of turmoil.
A downloadable set of stretch statements and prompt cards designed to help you stretch your argument muscles. Enjoy!
A joyful family gathering turns sour when the hosts admit to each other that their sons' respective partners don't share their deeply held values. With emotions running high, the couple is left grappling with the question of who is welcome in their family, and who isn't.
A Jewish Federation CEO is in the eye of the storm following his viral tweet about a right-wing Israeli politician not being welcome in his community.
"Cat Lady" is one of the 'warm-up' stories from our collection. You don't need any prior knowledge to discuss the challenges it raises and it doesn't touch on any high-stakes issues. You might want to read the story with younger participants or use it as a warm-up before moving on to more contentious topics.
On a tiny Israeli Moshav (village cooperative), a sad and lonely woman loves cats too much for the rest of the Moshav members. Watch the animated video of our story, "Cat Lady."
Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem aren't allowed to participate in Israel’s general elections, but they are allowed to vote in Jerusalem’s municipal elections. The vast majority don't vote, choosing to reject the legitimacy of the regime. A Palestinian woman has second thoughts.
The inner conflict facing the narrator of "Why the Heck Should I Vote?" is vividly depicted in this animation accompanying the story.
"Let’s be real: we live In a world where an ideological dispute can tear close friends and family apart. We shout. We block. And thus, we become more polarized. Stories for the Sake of Argument changes this paradigm by helping reframe disagreement as something healthy and necessary for learning, growth, and a better world. I love this book and think people of all ages and walks of life should read it."
“For the Sake of Argument demonstrates to participants the value of leaning into, and even embracing, argument rather than shying away from it. Using stories as a jumping-off point, participants learn to direct their emotions and opinions in constructive ways that lead to productive conversations and new understandings. I highly recommend this unique, groundbreaking educational program for Jewish educators everywhere.”
“Understanding why people disagree and learning to do so for the common good is essential for both the healthy development of children and the healthy functioning of democratic societies. Accessible for adults and children alike, Stories for the Sake of Argument offers engaging stories and meaningful discussion questions perfect for kick-starting conversations about how and why people disagree. This book is perfect for families who want to work together to practice arguing with compassion and schools who want to teach children how to engage with one another and with larger questions about how to live in a community in which people argue.”
"This book offers a fresh and brilliantly original approach to some of the thorniest questions that press on Jews and Israelis as they navigate their relationship with each other and the wider world. Rather than avoid conflict and argument, it urges us to embrace it - encouraging families and communities to get it all out in the open. With great empathy and wisdom, Robbie Gringras and Abigail Dauber Sterne urge us not to steer clear of the things that divide us but to thrash them out, face to face, heart to heart - and they do it by telling stories. Stories, questions, arguments: it's a bracing and provocative formula - and could hardly be more Jewish."
“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.”
"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."
"Everyone tells us to learn from one another, but few teach us how to do it. “Stories” gives us the stories, the questions — the tools we need — to get our own point across and to listen to the other. A vital contribution to a confused world."
“Deepening engagement with Israel requires more substantive debates not more rosy pictures of idyllic Israeli life. These extraordinarily gifted educators accompany readers into intense stories about real questions about justice and equality, the stuff upon which serious, life-long attachments can be built. I can’t wait to use the book to transform polarizing tirades into principled debates that change all of us for good. This is a book progressive Jews have been waiting for!”
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