Chicago Rabbi Asher Lopatin impresses with his credentials - former Rhodes Sholar, Truman scholar, Wexner Fellow, one of Newsweek's 50 top Rabbis, student of Arabic and Islam - but even more with his enthusiasm and passion for what he is about to do: become the head of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, a modern Orthodox Rabbinic training school whose hallmarks are openness, inclusivity, and engagement with society along with top notch scholarship and spiritual piety. We spoke about how students are taught having derech eretz for others, and the kind of derech eretz that YCT would appreciate from the Orthodox community in terms of acceptance and respect. After sharing conversation with Rabbi Lopatin, I could sense that although he is stepping into the huge shoes of Rabbi Avi Weiss, he will bring many outstanding personal gifts and reverence for Torah and derech eretz for all people to his new position. Listen and enjoy!
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