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Audio: Perspectives on Judging Others

Ariel Sharon might either be the most courageous and heroic figure of Israel's history, or the most misguided and despised.
1/20/2014, 9:20 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, of blessed memory, might either be the most courageous and heroic figure of Israel's history, or the most misguided and despised. Indeed, many in politics who live their lives so openly leaved mixed legacies. From a spiritual point of view, how do we judge such a person? Some say we should not judge anyone and leave that to God, while others say that when we do judge, it should be with certain things in mind. Listen and ask yourself the question. What would you answer?
I also follow up on last week's discussion of Israel's Chief Rabbinate and their rejection of status letters from Rabbis of the Rabbinical Council of America, and how that got resolved in a satisfying way.
At the end, one powerful lesson from Moses' father in law Yitro (Jethro).
Wishing everyone a great week, keep that derech eretz thing going my friends, and be in touch at  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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