Rodef Shalom Mini-Courses

The first mini-course, "Rodef Shalom: Pursuing Peace in Judaism," is currently being held in cities across North America, with each class being taught twice a month. The classes are taught with advanced Pardes Peace and Conflict Track alumni-teachers living in the various cities. The second mini-course, "Reconciling the Abrahamic Family," -will be offered in Spring 2013.

Fee for each mini-course: the fee ranges depending on the location and venue of the course.

To participate in a mini-course, please register at THIS LINK or contact us at

Mini-Course Descriptions

Mini-Course #1: 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 and inspire participants into being rodfei shalom, students of Aaron: loving peace, loving people and pursuing peace between individuals, families, communities, nations and religions. We will attempt to do this through the study of Torah, conflict resolution theories, and online discussions.

The course consists of the following six class units:

  1. Aaron Rodef Shalom – The Ideal Jewish Peacemaker
  2. The Identity and Methods of the Rodef Shalom
  3. The Rodef Shalom and the Transformation of Conflicts from Destructive to Constructive
  4. The Rodef Shalom who turns Enemies into Friends
  5. The Rodef Shalom who Facilitates Communication
  6. Ethical Dilemmas of the Rodef Shalom

Mini-Course #2: Reconciling the Abrahamic Family (available in February 2013)

The Abrahamic family, as described in sacred texts, is perhaps the most influential and conflicted family in the history of humanity. This course will attempt to 'textually reconcile' some of these deep family conflicts through in-depth text study of the various Jewish interpretations of these stories over history (from pre-rabbinic, rabbinic midrash, medieval to modern), Islamic and Christian interpretations, and the application of conflict resolution and reconciliation theories. We will explore the possible ramifications of this 'textual reconciliation' of the Abrahamic family to our own family conflicts as well as to Abrahamic family conflicts in the world today.

The course consists of the following six class units:

  • Ishmael and Isaac:
    1. Part I: Competing Victim Narratives
    2. Part II: Competing Chosenness Narratives
  • Jacob and Esau:
    1. Part I: De/Humanizing the Other
    2. Part II: Interpreting the Intentions of the Other
  • The Israelites and the Amalekites:
    1. Part I: The Formation of an Intractable Identity Conflict
    2. Part II: The Perpetuation of the Intractable Identity Conflict

See blog from Dr. Jonathan Golden, a student of the 2012 Rodef Shalom City Course in New York. Jonathan is a Professor of Religious Studies and Anthropology at Drew University. At Drew University, he is the Associate Director of the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, and Hillel Director.