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Audio: Interview with Rabbi Saul Berman on the State of US Jewry

An exclusive interview with one of the most well-known rabbis in America, Rabbi Saul Berman.
12/29/2013, 6:00 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Rabbi Saul Berman is one of the world's leading Jewish intellects, and is a leading Orthodox teacher, thinker, scholar and writer. Besides serving major congregations across the country, Rabbi Berman has been a clear, articulate and passionate voice for everything that Derech Eretz stands for- kindness, decency, fairness, freedom, women's Jewish learning, and other Jewish values and ideals. He was arrested during the Freedom Marches in the south, he helped lead the struggle for Soviet Jews' freedom, he has been a celebrated professor at Yeshiva University and Columbia University. He has championed social ethics and interdenominational respect. Today we talk about the state of derech eretz today, the value of derech eretz synagogues, the Women of the Wall, how Talmud should be taught, and other topics which Rabbi Berman delivers with sensitivity and thoughtful consideration. This is, in my opinion, a fantastic interview with an extraordinary figure of substance and courage.

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Keep that derech eretz thing going, my friends, and have a great week, enjoy Rosh Chodesh Shvat this week and may we all have a blessed 2014. Shalom!

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Keep that derech eretz thing going, my friends, and have a terrific derech eretz week, shalom!

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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