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Audio: Derech Eretz in the Weekly Torah Portion Bo

Just below the surface is a goldmine of manners.
1/21/2013, 11:51 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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I teach a class every week to high school English speaking girls in Jerusalem. I extract Derech Eretz lessons from each weekly Torah portion, which is not always easy. There are no signals that call out, "Hey, this is a derech eretz lesson!" It's often just a bit below the surface. This week, mining the portion of Bo, we find amazing lessons on helping people feel that they are not alone in their misery, we focus on the dogs that didn't make a sound during the plague of the first born, and notice that what God did with the locusts is a shining example of good etiquette. I do this every week with my class and pass out a sheet with the weekly lessons. If you'd like a copy of these sheets, let me know at Have a great week and keep that derech eretz thing going, my friends, take care and 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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