Audio: Rectifying Sexual Transgressions & the 6-Week Challenge

DERECH ERETZ: Ready for the Great 6-Week Challenge?
12/23/2013, 9:00 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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This week begins a 6-week period called SHOVAVIM...I've heard about it for years but it never called me...this word is made up of the first letters in Hebrew of the first 6 Torah portions in the book of Exodus. Rabbis of the Kabbalah describe this period as very auspicious and conducive to rectify sexual and other transgressions. Through intensified prayer, fasting, reciting of Psalms and other avenues, our working on our character and personality at this time can be met with great success. We work on avoiding anger and cynicism, arrogance and gossip. We give others the benefit of the doubt and let other be right once in a while. We renew more positive connections with God and others. Just as the Jews go from slavery to freedom during these 6 weeks, so too can we leave the bondage of behaviors that enslave us and break through to a new promised land of a polished character.

Also, I describe the joy of the engagement party we had for our daughter and her fiancé and how kind people were to come and stay and bless us so profoundly, and remind my audience of the importance of thanking behind-the-scenes people who make things work in our lives.

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