The Conversation

To carry or not: Guns in the synagogue

After Pittsburgh and more mass shootings, how do we protect ourselves?



Newspapers have always been a place where community gathers – a town square of sorts. They are a place where people learn what is happening, hear the opinions of their neighbors, celebrate joys and recount tragedies.

Newspapers provide not only a community record, but they present opportunities for reasoned dialogue. The format lends itself to respectful, civil dialogue. When readers must sign their name to their opinion, they must use facts to build their arguments, and a space is created where people can actually hear each other: since we cannot read two things at the same time, people cannot talk past each other in a newspaper.

It is in this spirit that you will start to see some new features in Jewish Rhode Island. Beginning with this issue, we are introducing “The Conversation.”

Our goal is to re-establish a place in our society for civilized discussion and debate. To create a space where we can disagree without being disagreeable.

– ADAM GREENMAN, president and CEO of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and publisher of Jewish Rhode Island.


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