COLLIDING WORLDS OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION: TOWARDS A UNIFIED FIELD THEORY OF ADR

COLLIDING WORLDS OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION: TOWARDS A UNIFIED FIELD THEORY OF ADR

puzzleBy David A. Hoffman

INTRODUCTION
One of my favorite stories from the Jewish culture in which I was raised is the tale of the “shipwrecked Jew.”According to this story,a Jewish man was the sole survivor of a shipwreck,and he landed on an island where he lived alone,fending for himself for eighteen years before he was rescued.He built a house,found food and water,and learned to cultivate crops. In order to while away the lonely hours,he constructed buildings of various kinds around the island.Finally,he was rescued by a passing ship,and the rescue party was amazed to see all of the improvements he had made on this otherwise uninhabited island.When the Jewish man came aboard the ship,the Captain immediately invited him to his quarters for a meal. As the two of them sat down,the Captain said he was impressed by all the ingenuity the man had demonstrated in surviving eighteen years.“I have to ask you,” he said,“a question that has been on my mind eversince the rescue party told me about the structures you built.They said that you
not only built a synagogue on the island—you built two of them! Why,”asked the Captain,“did you need two synagogues?” “Aaah,”said the Jewish man,“in one of the synagogues I prayed every morning and thanked God for keeping me alive,and I also prayed in that synagogue in the evening.That’s also where I observed the High Holidays.But that other synagogue—I wouldn’t be caught dead in that one.”

COLLIDING WORLDS OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION: TOWARDS A UNIFIED FIELD THEORY OF ADR

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