Audio: Derech Eretz and Visiting the Sick with Dr. Aviva Weisbord

An interview with Dr. Aviva Weisbord on the do's and don't's of visiting the sick in Jewish tradition.
11/5/2012, 3:27 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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This week I was privileged to speak with Dr. Aviva Weisbord, an accomplished therapist and Jewish community professional, about her legendary mother, of blessed memory, Rebbetzin Chana Weinberg of Baltimore. Rebbetzin Weinberg, no less legendary that her illustrious husband Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg, past Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Israel in Baltimore, organized many helping organizations in Baltimore that began in her kitchen and became models of Jewish assistance nationwide. Perhaps the organization closest to the Rebbetzin's heart was Bikur Cholim, a network of visitors to the sick and outreach to their families. Dr. Weisbord speaks to us about her mother's indefatigable work, and shares with us many tips on how to prepare to visit the sick and what to do once we arrive at the side of those who deal with a wide range of medical challenges. You will be inspired, as I was, by the Derech Eretz, kindness and humanity of the Weinberg family, flowing from deep in their Jewish heart and touching the lives of tens of thousands all over the world.

This show is dedicated to the memory of my dear mother, Gertrude T. Adler, of blessed memory, who was kissed into Heaven five weeks ago, remembered with love always.

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

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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