H aving been in the hospital these past weeks has given me more than enough opportunity to watch parts of our political process. The key seems to focus on lobbing insults on your opponent, then be offended when they react in kind.

That's quite a contrast from disputes in Jewish history where "arguing partners" were a part of the landscape. In those cases, however, the basis of their disagreements was "both sides are presenting the word of God." There's a kernel of truth on both sides of most arguments; our role is to look carefully and search out the other side's truth. Perhaps with effort we can make the world a wiser, if not more peaceful, place.

Rabbi Paul Drazen
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