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Audio: DERECH ERETZ: Rabbi Avi Weiss and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel

The Israeli Rabbinate and American rabbis are talking to smooth over conversion controversy.
1/13/2014, 10:13 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Is it a war of words, or a misunderstanding, or a lack of familiarity with Orthodox Rabbis outside of Israel? Our show today seeks to shed light on the controversy of some Orthodox Rabbis of the Rabbinical Council of America having their letters attesting to the Jewishness of individuals being contested and rejected. While Rabbi Avi Weiss is at the center of the storm, there are bigger and more compelling issues to explore and resolve. I'm joined by Rabbi Shaul Farber of ITIM, Rabbi Reuven Tradburks of RCA Rabbis in Israel, and Rabbi Asher Lopatin of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, who replaced Rabbi Weiss at the helm of that Rabbinic school. How do we bring derech eretz to such an explosive issue? What is really at stake?

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