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Audio: Derech Eretz for Israel's soldiers past and present

On the eve of Israel's Memorial Day, Yom HaZikaron, Rabbi Adler reflects on what it means to be Jewish and to be Israeli.
4/15/2013, 7:49 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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On the eve of Israel's Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and victims of terror, we stand in awe of the many ultimate sacrifices of the average Israeli citizen, moved to defend the Holy Land. I mention several ways in which we, in Israel and everywhere, can show derech eretz to our soldiers and innocent victims of terror. Included in this show is a special prayer in Hebrew and English, asking the Almighty to remember the bravery of those we recall, and to grant them their reward at the End of Days. In  the second half of the show, I wonder how any leader of Israel, and in this particular case a leader of a major political party, can say that he sees "no sanctity or distinctiveness" in Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and that this day "does not apply to Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jews."

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May the coming days of solemnity and celebration of Israel's 65th year of independence be meaningful and significant. 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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