Audio: IDF: Unparalleled Derech Eretz on the Front Lines

Rabbi Reuven Tradburks shares many heart-warming and poignant moments from a brief but powerful mission. Plus Paula Stern interview.
11/26/2012, 3:51 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Rabbi Reuven Tradburks is the Executive Director of the RCA (Rabbinical Council of America) in Israel, serving 150 Rabbis. He coordinated a recent mission of American Rabbis who came to Israel during last week's tense battles with Hamas. Along with local RCA leadership in Israel, they experienced a whirlwind of Derech Eretz- visiting shiva houses, hospitals, soldiers, and at-risk communities. They came to share solidarity, offer comfort, and give hope, and let their brethren in Israel know that in crisis, we are all one united people. Rabbi Tradburks shares many heart-warming and poignant moments from this brief but powerful mission.

Paula Stern, CEO of Writepoint, a premier technical writing company in Israel, is a blogger, journalist, writer and commentator, and author of "A Soldiers Mother." Paula speaks about the unparalleled code of conduct and rules of Derech Eretz by which the Israel Defense Forces engages in battle. She describes the care and precision with which the soldiers do their work, and the "Purity of Weapons" doctrine that counters the secular adage, "all is fair in love and war." Two of Paula's sons have served - and continue as reservists- in the IDF, and their reports from the front lines affirm Israel as a "light to the nations" on the battlefield.
Rabbi Tradburks and Paula Stern have given us a fantastic show!

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


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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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