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Audio: Rabbi Elan Adler Visits Auschwitz and Pres. Obama Visits Israel

Rabbi Adler discusses his emotional visit last week to the Holocaust camps in Poland with Jewish youth living in Israel.
3/27/2013, 11:40 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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U.S. President Barak Obama came to Israel and did his best to reset American-Israeli relations as well as personal ties between himself and Prime Minister Netanyahu. What kind of derech eretz did Obama give and what kind did he get? How do we judge the entirety of a person? By words? Deeds? Beliefs? Did those who vehemently disagree with him cross any lines of decency, or did they not go far enough in their critique? Elan examines his visit through the prism of Derech Eretz.

Also, Rabbi Adler shares about his recent journey to Poland, seeing first-hand evidence of an absolute absence of derech eretz - merciless torture, dispassionate killings, a profound and depraved indifference to human life that is horrifying to absorb. Where was God? Where was mankind? A tough journey with tough questions.

I wish all my listeners joyous holidays, a Happy Passover and the quickening of the redemption of the Jewish people and a world redeemed of hate, bigotry and bloodshed.

Be in touch anytime at and keep that derech eretz thing going, my friends, Shalom!

In front of the remains of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland with Israeli flags.

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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