Essay on Conflict Between Israel And Palestine

1780 Words Nov 24th, 2014 8 Pages
Conflict resolution is a hard enough concept to grasp without throwing religion into the mix. Rabbi Amy Eilberg was not fazed by conquering both in her book From Enemy To Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace. Rabbi Eilberg first decided to write her book on conflicts between faiths when she noticed her synagogue fighting ferociously about the events going on between Israel and Palestine, both in person and on a listserve. Horrified at how her peers were discussing the tragedy, she decided that someone needed to look into how to deal with interfaith conflict and that she was the person for the job. She started noticing the conflicts she engaged with in her life, she became self-aware of her triggers. Then, she started to delve into the texts on the Jewish faith, the Torah, rabbinical studies and the Jewish Midrash. From there she started looking at what theorists had to say about peace and conflict theory. The end result of her musings and research is a book that engages most of the scholarship on peacebuilding and conflict resolution that she hopes will help people of her faith and others work towards peace in their personal relationships and cumulatively in the national ones as well. When Rabbi Eilberg first started researching for her book, she was “feverish to learn anything about conflict” (A. Eilberg, personal communication, November 13, 2014). Her search led her to some interesting findings. She started looking into the neuroscience behind the “fight or…

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