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Audio: Derech Eretz with Michael Freund: Rescuing Hidden Jews

Michael Freund and Shavei Israel return far-flung Jews to their homeland with compassion and empathy, two huge derech eretz quaities.
1/7/2013, 2:00 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Our special guest today in part two, is Michael Freund, founder and chairman of Shavei Israel ( shavei.org ), who is responsible for finding and bringing home to Israel thousands of Jews around the globe who have been disconnected from mainstream Jewry. We speak of the Jews of the Chinese city of Keifeng, the Bnei Menashe of northern India, the Anousim and others who have been fortunate to be replanted in Israel. How do they do once they live here? What kind of derech eretz do these new Israeli citizens receive? Which group is next on the horizon? To me, Michael Freund is one of the heroes of the Jewish people, taking upon himself this big derech eretz mitzvah of "returning lost objects" and not being apathetic to the plight of Jews anxious to reconnect to their people. He is in inspiration. Check out the shavei.org website and see how you can become a part of this Messianic fulfillment of the ingathering of the exiles to their ancestral Homeland.

You can be in touch anytime at rabbiadlerinisrael@gmail.com Keep that Derech Eretz thing going my friends and have a great week!

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 http://elanadler.com/
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