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Audio: Top Tips For a Happy, Healthy and Derech Eretz Purim

DERECH ERETZ: Moses' yahrzeit and Purim Pitfalls.
3/10/2014, 10:17 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Part 1:

The 7th of Adar is both the birthday and yahrzeit Moshe Rabbaynu (Moses our Teacher). I look at some powerful derech eretz lessons we can learn and use from his life. He left us not only a legacy of law, but also of behavior that is worth emulating.

Part 2:

I acknowledge the joy and merriment of the upcoming Purim holiday, while also warning against overstepping bounds of propriety and decency in the way we celebrate. This is not likely to generate a whole lot of new friends for me, but someone has to say it. Be in touch anytime at thanks for listening, keep that derech eretz thing going my friends, have a happy and meaningful Purim and shalom!

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Distributing "mishloach manot" Purim gift packages to IDF soldiers in Hevron. Photo credit: Flash90.

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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