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Medal of (or meddle for) Freedom Can President Shimon Peres bring home Jonathan Pollard?
6/10/2012, 2:43 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Medal of (or meddle for) Freedom Can Shimon Peres bring home Jonathan Pollard?

This Wednesday U.S. President Barak Obama is presenting Israeli President Shimon Peres with America's highest civilian honor, the
Presidential Medal of Freedom. Can and will Mr. Peres leverage this occasion to secure the release of Jonathan Pollard before the ceremony
at the White House? Will Mr. Peres use his considerable influence on such an occasion to ask Mr. Obama for simple Derech Eretz and basic humanity for Jonathan, ill and rotting in jail for ALMOST 27 YEARS? What if Mr. Obama refuses- should Mr. Peres accept the medal or turn it down?

Also, was is the Derech Eretz connection to the Priestly Blessing, from last week's Torah reading?

Tune in and enjoy, and send your comments and feedback to Elan at

Have a great week and keep that Derech Eretz thing going!

President Shimon Peres (Left) Jonathan Pollard (right).
INN archive photos.

Rabbi Elan Adler served as a pulpit Rabbi for 25 years in Stamford, Ct and Baltimore, Md prior to making aliyah in 2010. Rabbi Adler received his Smicha from Yeshiva University, had the privilege of being an aide to Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik for two years, was an activist Rabbi in support of Israel and aliyah, and served as the President of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis. During his tenure as a Rabbi, he was known for being an engaging speaker and teacher, never failing to make easy connections with Jewish people as well as the non-Jewish and African American community. While serving congregations, he was appreciated for being welcoming, embracing of all people, and bringing congregants closer to their Jewish heritage. For more information on Rabbi Adler visit
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