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Yom Iyyun

Saturday, 24 February, 2024 15 Adar I 5784

12:00 PM - 1:00 PMKehilat Nitzan

We currently sit between the story of Joseph (the last ¼ of Breishit) and the story of Esther (Purim). The first half of this Iyyun will build on the work of Daniel Karpman (a U.S.-based psychiatrist and actor) to show how the conflicts in these stories are constructed just like most dramatic narratives (e.g. movies), and how (and why) this construction means people end up feeling justified, but the underlying conflicts are never resolved.     The second half of the Iyyun will examine the war in Gaza through the same lens.  This will allow us to see how different groups (the Israeli Government, Hamas, the Western Left) have all constructed their narratives about the war in the same way, how this encourages each group to caricature the parties and the conflict, how this helps explain the apparent rise in global anti-semitism, and how it stands in the way of actually resolving the conflict.   Finally, we’ll consider alternative ways that the conflict might be framed, and the implications for finding peace.  

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