A Taste of Tochacha

The Pardes Rodef Shalom Schools Program is happy to share it’s unit “A Taste of Tochacha.” The Unit includes a Teacher’s Guide, a Student Havruta Handout and a Source Sheet on the topic of tochocha (constructive communication). Lesson goals include the following:

  • Learning the basic vocabulary and concepts that relate to tochacha.
  • Understanding how Vayikra 19:17 serves as the source for tochacha and constructive communication.
  • Defining “constructive communication.”
  • Appreciating that discussing issues that come up with our friends, neighbors and family can be absolutely essential for maintaining peaceful and loving relationships.

The Pardes Rodef Shalom Schools Program is a joint venture of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution.

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About Daniel Roth

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth is the director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, which includes the Mahloket Matters Project, and has been teaching at Pardes for over twenty years. In addition, Roth is the director of the Mosaica Center’s Religious Peace Initiative and teaches graduate courses on religion and peacebuilding at Bar-Ilan University’s Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation Graduate Program, as well as at Tel Aviv University’s International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, and at Hebrew University’s Coexistence in the Middle East summer program. Roth is also the founder of the 9AdarProject: Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict, known in Israel as DiburHadash: The Israeli Week of Mediation and Dialogue, and a regular lecturer of MEJDI (multi-narrative) Tours and National Geographic. Roth was a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution. He holds a Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University’s Conflict Resolution Program, MA in Talmud from Hebrew University, B.Ed in Jewish Philosophy and Talmud from Herzog Teachers’ College, and studied for eight years in Yeshivat Har-Etzion during which time he received rabbinic ordination. Click here to read more.

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