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Audio: DERECH ERETZ: Coach Avi Eastman's Honorable Menchen

Avi Eastman coaches the Judean Rebels football team here in Israel, and his goal is to win the championship.
7/1/2013, 11:37 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Avi Eastman coaches the Judean Rebels football team for the American Football in Israel league, and his goal is to win the championship this year, having come in second last year. But after hearing him and one of his players, Tani Kramer, on the show, you will quickly understand that championship or not, Avi and the Rebels are major league winners. Derech Eretz is a must on the field. Ethical behavior, appropriate language, appreciation of personal gifts from Above, helping an opponent get up, helping other shine- even other coaches are taking notice and polishing their players using Avi as their model. He is an inspiration on and off the field, and his words make it through the goal posts during these three weeks of reflection.
Be in touch anytime at and keep that Derech Eretz thing going my friends....have a great week, Shalom!

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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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