The Rodef Shalom: Pursuing Peace in Judaism
The rodef shalom is an ancient Jewish rabbinic model of a peacemaker, pursuing peace between individuals, families and communities. Throughout Jewish history there were people known in their communities as rodfei shalom (pursuers of peace) or mitavchei shalom (peace-brokers) who acted as the students of Aaron loving peace and pursuing peace.
This course seeks to challenge participants into being rodfei shalom, students of Aaron: loving peace, loving people and pursuing peace between individuals, families, communities and nations. We will attempt to do this through the study of Torah, conflict resolution theories, group discussions, guest speakers and field trips.
The course consists of six classes:
- Be of the Students of Aaron Rodef Shalom
- The Identity and Methods of the Rodef Shalom
- The Rodef Shalom and the Transformation of Conflicts from Destructive to Constructive
- The Rodef Shalom who turns Enemies into Friends
- The Rodef Shalom who Facilitates Direct Dialogue
- Ethical Dilemmas of the Rodef Shalom
The online course is co-taught by Rabbi Daniel Roth, director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution and Rabbi Dr. Marc Gopin, director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.
Rodef Shalom Online Course participants who have posted at least two processing questions are invited to register for the Rodef Shalom Retreat.
Online resources on Judaism and Conflict Resolution
- Gopin, Marc, Judaism and Peacebuilding,” in Religion and Peacebuilding, (eds. Harold Coward and Gordon S. Smith). Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004
- Steinberg, Gerald M., “Jewish Sources on Conflict Management Realism and Human Nature”, Conflict and Conflict Management in Jewish Sources (ed. M. Roness), Ramat Gan: Bar Ilan University, Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation, 2008, pp. 10-23.
- Roth, Daniel, “The Peacemaker in Jewish-Rabbinic and Arab-Islamic Traditions”, Journal of Religion, Conflict and Peace, Spring, 2011.
- Roth, Daniel, “Talmudic Mediation: Conflicting Interpretations of the Talmud as Conflicting Needs in Society”, Text & Texture, Nov. 2009.
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