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Audio: The RCA's Rabbi Mark Dratch Talks About Meeting the Pope

Derech Eretz: RCA Rabbis Dratch, Goldin visit the Pope.
7/8/2013, 10:45 AM

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As part of a delegation from IJCIC (International Religious Committee for Inter-religious Consultations), Rabbi Mark Dratch, Executive Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of America joined immediate past President Rabbi Shmuel Goldin in visiting with Pope Francis recently. Rabbi Dratch joins me on the show today, to discuss the origins and purpose of the visit to the Vatican. What was the tone of derech eretz during the meeting? How did the 30-person delegation representing the wide spectrum of Jewish organizations get along with each other? What did the Pope say to the delegation that advanced the goals of "shalom," of peaceful co-existence in the world? What hopes about cooperation and tolerance can we take away during these 3 weeks? Then, we spoke about what the RCA would see as the highest qualifications for a new Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel. Finally, Rabbi Dratch shared about resolutions and statements at the recent RCA convention that our derech eretz audience would appreciate. He was a fantastic guest and I think you will enjoy and be impressed.

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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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