Audio: Derech Eretz: Be Careful with Your Words!

In between Passover and Shavuot, we recall 22,000 students of the sainted Rabbi Akivah.
4/7/2013, 4:23 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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I hope everyone had a joyous and meaningful Pesach and holiday season. In between Passover and Shavuot, we recall 22,000 students of the sainted Rabbi Akivah who died in a terrible plague during this time in history. Why were they punished this way? Because, teaches the Talmud, they failed to give each other respect. I lament that as I walk through religious neighborhoods and offer greetings to passersby, it's the rare person who acknowledge it, rarer still the one who responds. I share some stories of great Rabbis and their thoughts on refining our communication and being aware of how we speak with each other.

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Keep that Derech Eretz thing going, my friends, and have a great 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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