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Audio: Kristallnacht, the Homeless, Raising a Mench

What would the world would be like if people of faith raised "menches", kids with a strong sense of morals?
11/11/2013, 8:39 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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One day after the 75 anniversary of Kristallnacht, the first domino of the Holocaust, which left the Jews of Europe with stark evidence of the cruelty and inhumanity yet to come, I think about what the world would be like if people of faith raised "menches." If we were more successful in raising children with a strong sense of right and wrong, good and evil, what's human and inhuman, wouldn't the world be different? What should we teach kids to yield a mench? Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf and Frank Storch, both former Baltimoreans, were taught really well, as they write about feeding the homeless and amassing people and technology to aid in the cleanup a year ago from the ravages of Hurricane Sandy in New York. Imagine a world where children are raised to have derech eretz, and a conscience. 

Be in touch if you like at rabbi@elanadler.com and keep that derech eretz thing going, my friends, have a great week and shalom!

Woman affixes sticker to shop window as part of Kristallnacht memorial (Photo credit: Reuters) 

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 http://elanadler.com/
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