Audio: Israeli Infighting or When is the Prime Minister Not a Dish Rag?

Civility from the Knesset to the mirpeset. From the halls of government to our own homes.
2/24/2014, 9:25 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Today's show was inspired by an Israeli Member of Knesset calling the Prime Minister an insulting name, which you will hear on the show. It got me to thinking how patently uncivil we have become in our discourse and how insulting we can be among Jews. How does this look to those who are not religious? How does it look to the world when Torah observant Jews don't project the finest behavior? I feel that unless we check and condemn this lack of civility in our country- especially when this behavior comes from Torah observant people- we are on the brink of civil war in Israel, God forbid. Words that hurt, and words that heal. One brings discord and strife, and one brings Messianic times. We have to choose carefully, and tip the scale in the right direction.

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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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