Judaism Dignifies Dissent

“Judaism does not silence dissent: on the contrary, it dignifies it. This was institutionalised in the biblical era, in the form of the prophets who spoke truth to power. In the rabbinic era it lived in the culture of argument evident on every page of the Mishnah, Gemara and their commentaries. In the contemporary State of Israel, argumentativeness is part of the every texture of its democratic freedom, in the strongest possible contrast to much of the rest of the Middle East.”

Morality, Chapter 13, p. 198