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Pursuing Peace and Constructive Conflict in Schools, Synagogues and even in Israel

Posted on February 8, 2017

In a world of constant advancement in global communications, we seem to simultaneously be deteriorating in our ability to communicate constructively, especially with those we disagree with.  From politics to parking spots, Jews tend to be very good at pursuing justice, advocating passionately for what they hold to be right, fair, and true. Where we Continue Reading »

Rabin’s Assassination and Constructive Conflict

Posted on October 25, 2015

By Daniel Roth Twenty years ago, like many others, my life changed for ever. I recall listening to the news of Rabin z”l being shot, stopping the car and running into a friends house to watch the horrific news together. I was in the army at the time as part of my 5 year Hesder Continue Reading »

The President of the State of Israel Shows his Support for 9Adar

Posted on February 25, 2015

Please join us in thanking the President of Israel, Reuven Ruvi Rivlin, for his support of 9Adar by liking his Facebook post and leaving a comment.

I Too Commit….

Posted on February 19, 2015

Kicking off the week of 9Adar 2015, we are asking people to make a statement that “I too commit to disagree more constructively”. Share these images and/or make your own to get the word out for 9Adar: The Jewish Day of Constructive Conflict using #9Adar.          

Avoiding Shock and Awe

Posted on February 18, 2015

I would like to congratulate the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution on establishing 9Adar as the Jewish Day of Constructive Conflict and share one tip from my fifty years of dispute resolution experience. After 50 years of practice in commercial transactions and litigation, I had seen and been counsel in most forms of business Continue Reading »

“With their faces one to the other” – the Cherubim as an image of Disagreement for the sake of Heaven – Parshat Trumah

Posted on February 12, 2015

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth, Director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, Lecturer at the Program for Conflict Resolution at Bar Ilan University, This Shabbat, parshat Trumah, we read about the mitzvah of making the Cherubim (Exodus 25:18-20) “And you shall make two cherubim …. And the cherubim shall spread out their wings Continue Reading »

Focusing on Ensuring Healthy Havruta Dynamics during 9Adar

Posted on February 11, 2015

by Michael Hattin The 9th of Adar commemorates a dark day in Jewish history when a series of Halakhic disagreements between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai led to conflict and bloodshed.  Like many other organizations and communities, we at Pardes will commemorate the day with special learning sessions and activities that will remind us how Continue Reading »

Where are the Rodfei Shalom Today?

Posted on February 5, 2015

Here is an unfortunate example of a “disagreement not for the sake of Heaven.” http://www.timesofisrael.com/large-brawl-breaks-out-in-bnei-brak-yeshiva/ This is not the first time such conflicts have broken out in a Bet Midrash over the centuries.  For example, in the 19th century, there was a terrible conflict in Yeshivat Volozhin between the students of Rav Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin Continue Reading »

Hillel and Shammai: Disagreements for the Sake of Heaven

Posted on December 31, 2014

Conflict exists. The question is – can we conduct our conflicts constructively? These are a few tips for engaging in constructive conflict based on ancient Jewish teachings.  

Hanukah – Connecting Communities

Posted on December 18, 2014

In the book of Numbers (8:2), Aaron, the high priest and first Rodef Shalom (pursuer of peace), is charged with lighting the menorah of 7 lights in the Temple. Rabbi Yackov Yosef HaCohen (mid 18th century, student of the Ba’al Shem Tov) and Hassidic master, explains that Aaron was worthy of lighting the candles because as a pursuer Continue Reading »

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