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Audio: DERECH ERETZ with Rabbi Asher Lopatin

Incoming Rabbinic School head keen on respect and embracing others.
2/4/2013, 1:07 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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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!
To be in touch anytime you can email me at and I wish you 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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