Audio: Rabbi Eulogizes Secular Star, But are Relations Getting Worse?

A former band mate, now religious, eulogizes his secular singing star friend. But not everyone is open to diversity.
12/2/2013, 3:21 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Israeli singer Arik Einstein passed away, and his early fellow collaborator Uri Zohar (now Rabbi Uri Zohar, observant Jew) praised this secular icon with warm words. Besides being in-laws, Rabbi Zohar eulogized the singer and noted his deep humanity. Some in the ultra-Orthodox community found this heap of praise upon a non-observant Jew to be shameful, and I had some reactions to that. MK Rabbi Dov Lipman wrote an article about the value of Jews of various denominations studying together at a Limmud conference in England, and I had some reactions to that, along with mentioning examples in my rabbinate which fostered such efforts to have Jews learn from each other. I conclude the show with an incredibly moving story of how important it is to get to the bottom of a situation that festers and lingers, and how derech eretz is served well when discomfort or mistrust between people is confronted rather than ignored.

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Keep that derech eretz thing going, my fiends, and have a great week. Shalom!

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Photo credit: Uzi Zohar (left), Flash90. Arik Einstein (right) Government Press Office photo.

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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