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Over the weekend, my wife and I welcomed 3 fellow performers not of the Jewish faith for Shabbat dinner.
11/12/2012, 10:35 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Over the weekend, my wife and I welcomed a Jewish friend to our synagogue and home, and she brought 3 fellow performers not of the Jewish faith. I talk about my observations regarding the value of sharing time and intense conversation with people who are different than we are, and the opportunities we all had to practice Derech Eretz in the way we spoke, asked, and listened. If you feel that Jewish people should spend 100% of their time only with other Jews, perhaps this show is not for you. No one was out to change the other, only to share and explore differences and commonalities, and to feel a strong human and spiritual bond because of it. I also speak about the kind of Derech Eretz Rabbi Shmuley Boteach received during his recent run for Congress from New Jersey, and close with the exciting news that nearly 300 Bnei Menashe (Jews descended from the biblical tribe of Menashe and now living in India and Burma and anxious to come to Israel and be with their people) are coming home to Israel next month. They deserve all the Derech Eretz we can give them once they arrive.
This show is dedicated to my beloved mother, Trudi Adler, of blessed memory, who loved listening to this show and whose encouragement over the past two years meant so much to me.

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Have a great week and keep that Derech Eretz thing going, my friends. Shalom!

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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