Audio: DERECH ERETZ: Rav Kook ZT"L, Leadership and Living on Mars

On the anniversary of Rabbi Kook's passing, we discuss his tremendous love for the diverse Jewish community of his day.
8/12/2013, 12:35 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook's yahrzeit (anniversary of death) was just a few days ago, and we look at the tremendous derech eretz that he taught and exhibited. Then, we look at what the Torah teaches about the level of respect we must have for Rabbis and Judges and others who are placed in leadership positions, and what feels like a throw-away phrase in Deuteronomy 17:6-7 actually reveals a surprising lesson about what a leader needs to know.

To round up the show I mention an article that has nothing to do with derech eretz, except that I invoke it by not judging the people who signed up for an upcoming mission to Mars. It takes 8 months to get there and there is NO return trip to earth! How many have signed up for this mission to colonize Mars? Tune in and hear the surprising- ok, shocking- answer.

In the weeks to come....Author of "The Prime Ministers" Ambassador Yehuda Avner....Hineni head and spiritual powerhouse and author Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis....three women who created a project of love for their sick family member, starting out as a merit for a speedy recovery, but ending as a merit for the soul of their and lecturer and Shalem Center's Daniel Gordis...

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Keep that derech eretz thing going, my friends, and have a fantastic week....Shalom!!

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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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