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Audio: Neil Armstrong's "One Small Step" and the Hebrew Month of Elul

Neil Armstrong's statement after stepping on the moon is instructive for the Jewish people at this time of year.
8/27/2012, 9:24 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Though Neil Armstrong, of blessed memory, was not Jewish, his statement after stepping on the moon is instructive for the Jewish people at this time of year. Our journey towards Derech Eretz and being a mench, as well as our fuller spiritual journey, begins with "one small step." Also, Elan looks at Knesset Speaker Rivlin's hospital visit of the Arab youth pummeled by Jewish teens as a great example of Derech Eretz, and we learn a few lessons from the Torah about flexibility, being cheerful with others, and understanding the times in which we live.
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Photo credit: NASA, public domain, Wiki Commons.

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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