Audio: DERECH ERETZ: Loving the convert, rebuking others nicely

Ruth, converts, and how to "advise" your fellow without annoying them.
5/13/2013, 9:00 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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What obligations do we have to those who choose to become Jews? The Biblical character Ruth was a convert to Judaism, and she is the focus of a biblical book read on the upcoming holiday of Shavuot. Should we treat converts as 100% Jewish? How careful must we be about their feelings? And how do we deal with the stranger in our midst? Also, we look at the lost art of how to rebuke or correct or try to change someone's behavior without creating an enemy. It's all in the words, dear friends, it's all in the words.

Wishing everyone a joyous and meaningful Shavuot holiday celebrating God's giving of the Torah to the Jewish people and morality and ethics to the entire world. May the Torah we study buff and polish our character, to be a light unto the nations and a pride to the Almighty.
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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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