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What did the oldest Jewish man in America do that he hadn't done since his Bar Mitzvah nearly 100 years ago?
4/7/2014, 7:54 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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How can you tell when you're in a derech eretz synagogue or place of worship? What radical act did 60 Rabbis do to honor the memory of a colleague's son? What did the oldest Jewish man in America do that he hadn't done since his Bar Mitzvah nearly 100 years ago? How do we benefit from inviting a stranger to the seder? And finally, what's a red-nosed clown doing in a surgical suite like this?

If you can weave a thread through all these stories, you're fantastic! For me, they are stories of derech eretz interest, and I hope you enjoy.

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