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Audio: Does Dialogue Work? The Women of the Wall Controversy & More

Rabbi Adler believes in talking TO people, not talking AT people. Find out why. Download the show.
6/10/2013, 9:14 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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In the show today, I offer some reflections about a recent study that showed only 10% of parents would approve of their children marrying someone blind. But the meat of the show is about how the theatrics of both sides regarding the Women of the Wall can be handled in a very different way- by both sides talking TO each other instead of throwing things and shouting nasty epithets AT each other. How do we know that talking can bring change where the status quo can't? I end the show looking at two people who now lecture around the world about the power of engaging with those who could easily be your enemy. Big deal, right? Two psychologists or social workers? No. One is a woman whose father was killed by a bomb in a building set by the IRA, the other is the man who planted the bomb that killed her father.  If THEY can achieve some Shalom, it's possible in other arenas too.

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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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