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A Bar Mitzvah boy yesterday really impressed me with his simple but moving words at the end of a celebration.
6/17/2013, 11:13 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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On this Father's Day I give thanks and love to my father, my Aba, as well as recognize my maternal grandmother on this day of her Yahrzeit (anniversary of passing). A Bar Mitzvah boy yesterday really impressed me with his simple but moving words at the end of a celebration, and I look at how government to government peace is at a standstill, but person to person we may have a shot. An Israeli boy's kidneys are giving life to an Israeli and Arab boy and their parents meet for the first time. Last week would have been Anne Frank's 84th birthday, and I share some of her Derech Eretz reflections, coming amazingly from a young girl living in the midst of hell. At the end, I can't believe that a former Israeli Chief Rabbi has called a new Chief Rabbi candidate an "evil" man, who is "dangerous to Judaism, the Torah and the rabbinate." A line is crossed once again in human discourse BY religious people ABOUT religious people, and I must say, I'm not happy.

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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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