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Audio: DERECH ERETZ: The Pope's Visit to Israel

Pope Francis is only the 4th Pope to visit Israel since Independence in 1948.
5/25/2014, 10:55 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Pope Francis is only the 4th Pope to visit Israel since Independence in 1948.
The first Pope, Paul VI, stayed for 11 hours and never mentioned the word "Israel." The current Pope is traveling with two long time friends, a rabbi and an imam. I reflect on this Pope's itinerary, the game-changing and long-term effects of Nostra Aetate signed 50 years ago, and my personal relationship with one of the princes of the church, Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore. While there is much controversy about this Pope's visit, my feeling is.....well, listen and find out.
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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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