In recent years, we find ourselves living in a world dominated by strife, division, alternative facts, contradictory statements and beliefs that seem mutually exclusive. People fight for their one and only truth and leave no space for discussion or consideration of another point of view. Following in the footsteps of Franz Rosenzweig, who believed that answers to modern Jewish dilemmas can be discovered through a careful study of classical rabbinic texts, I posed the following questions: How did the Sages of the era of classical Judaism react when they found themselves in a highly divisive social environment? How did they deal with multiple contradictions and paradoxes found in the Torah and in rabbinic literature? Why are the contradictions in the text at all? And what can they teach us? As I was researching, a common midrashic literary form known as the petihta came to my attention.