Perhaps some here imagine that the Supreme Court is the first place where minority opinions get written down and recorded for posterity. But the Talmud is a 2,000-year-old record of just that — a conversation between sages born hundreds of years apart and speaking across time on a single page. The Talmud is not a document of the majority opinion, the opinion that ended up winning the day. It’s a document, also, of the minority. Of the critics. Of the gadflies.
From Bari Weiss's acceptance speech for the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism.