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The mishna says in pirkei avos:

הוי מתלמידיו של אהרן, אוהב שלום ורודף שלום

We should be like the students of Ahron - we should love Shalom, and chase to kill Shalom.

How is this possible in practice? The minute someone sees you being rodef shalom they'll either injury you or kill you! Furthermore, how is it possible to love shalom but also want to kill shalom? How can I do both at the same time?


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  • Rodef is not only used to mean chasing someone to murder them it is also used to refer to chasing them for something that is not a stira to loving them. – user6591 Feb 26 '15 at 21:20
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    @user6591 way to ruin perfectly good Purim Torah. – Y     e     z Feb 26 '15 at 21:20
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    Of course that's the point of the purim joke. – Shoel U'Meishiv Feb 26 '15 at 21:21
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    It's a love-hate relationship ;-) – Yishai Feb 26 '15 at 22:11
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    You should love him to death. What’s the problem? – DonielF Feb 25 '18 at 17:17
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Aharon, as the first Kohen, was the quintessential representative of what it means to be a Kohen.

We see (Bamidbar 25:11-12) that Pinchas was awarded with becoming a Kohen for being קנא את קנאתי - taking up My (Hashem's) zealotry. So Kehuna fits with taking up Hashem's zealotry. As the prime alpha Kohen, Aharon certainly had this attribute.

Aharon chased Shalom even though he loved Shalom. Had he despised Shalom, then he wouldn't have been chasing Shalom for Hashem's zealotry - it would have been his own. It is only by loving Shalom that you can then chase him and be fulfilling the lofty level of taking up Hashem's zealotry.

Alternatively, it refers to chasing Shalom in the race for more reputation points. You should love him for all his contributions to the site, and chase after him in pursuit of more repuation. Gershon Gold is the only known violator of this precept.

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    After a year and a half of inactivity, Alex now finally trails two people. I guess he's a Baal Teshuva. – Daniel Feb 26 '15 at 22:35
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אוהב שלום ורודף שלום are the names of two Conservative shuls. These shuls learned how to manage their finances from another shul named "B'nai Aharon" which was an Orthodox shul in the early 1900's. Thus, the beginning of the phrase is הוי מתלמידיו של אהרן Be like the students of "Aharon".

  • So who am I supposed to kill? – Shoel U'Meishiv Feb 26 '15 at 21:29
  • @Nafkamina - You don't kill anyone. That's my point. It's a different translation. It's saying that you should learn to manage finances like these other 2 Conserv. shuls do. – DanF Feb 26 '15 at 21:33

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