It has become common around holidays to see articles offering advice on how to avoid political conversation when returning home for family gatherings. These articles propose often elaborate ways to change the subject, warning of the distinctly unappetizing effect of venturing into a discussion on current events.
Is this really necessary? Have we gotten to a point where we cannot bring up front page stories for fear of straining – even possibly ruining – long-standing relationships?
The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago decided to try to answer this