DISAGREEING: THOUGHTS VS. PEOPLE
[9a bottom] Gemarah: When Beis Hillel and Beis Shammai argue, it is not looked at as an argument because we hold according to Beis Hillel.
Prac-T-cal Tidbits: Beis Hillel and Beis Shammai argue all over the Talmud (Gemarah). However, we learn in Pirkei Avos that their arguments were for the sake of Heaven, and there was no animosity between them. In fact, “both houses were considered words of G-d” and the families would often intermarry. We should learn from these great schools of thought how to conduct ourselves. Whenever we have disagreements with others, we should never hate the person or even be upset with the other person. Rather, we should respectfully understand and appreciate their viewpoint and opinion, but only disagree with the thought process and not the person themselves.