Audio: Snow Brings Out the Best in Us

DERECH ERETZ: Snow Brings out the best in us.
12/15/2013, 11:00 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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You've probably heard that Jerusalem and its vicinity got a major league dumping of snow. For days all was shut down, and life went from predictable (us much as can be in the middle east) to paralyzed. More than 20 inches of snow blanketed the area, giving Jerusalem a kind of peace and serenity it craves. And how did people react in these challenging times? It brought out the worst in some people, and in many others, it brought out the best- derech eretz was flourishing in so many ways. This show describes the many good outcomes of this storm, even while we know that it brought its tragedies and difficulties. And you know something? This storm brought all kinds of people together, playing, laughing, building snowpersons, it blurred the lines that tend to divide people and created a community of tolerance. How long will this mood last? Does it bring us closer to Messianic days? Tune in and find out!

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Keep that derech eretz thing going, my friends, and have a terrific derech eretz week, shalom!

Jerusalem snow. Credit: Ahuva Schwartz

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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