5780 — Pinchas: From Pinchas to the Police: What Does it Mean to Truly “Keep the Peace?”

Posted by Daniel Roth on July 6, 2020
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Torah, Bamidbar (Numbers), Pinchas

What does it mean to “keep the peace” in society? Is it about enforcing the law and order of society in order to ensure against anarchy or is it about balancing between conflicting perspectives and needs of various members and groups of society, thereby making peace between them? This question will be addressed through exploring conflicting interpretations as to why Pinchas was rewarded with becoming a Kohen and through discussing conflicting understandings of the role of police today, especially in light of the recent protests in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd.

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Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth – Adjunct Faculty and Host for Pardes from Jerusalem
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About Daniel Roth

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth is the Director Emeritus of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution and an adjunct faculty member. He taught at Pardes for over twenty years and is now the Director of Mosaica - The Religious Peace Initiative. He also teaches graduate courses on religion and peace building 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 initiated Pardes's Mahloket Matters: How to Disagree Constructively and the 9Adar Project: Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict, known in Israel as DiburHadash: The Israeli Week of Mediation and Dialogue. Roth is a regular lecturer of MEJDI (multi-narrative) Tours and National Geographic. He 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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