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The "Chametz" in the Jewish Community. Why the lack of harmony and derech eretz?
4/20/2014, 5:21 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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The most traveled-for Jewish holiday, Passover, is saturated with themes of Jewish harmony and respect. And yet, we find ourselves as a community at the nadir of Jewish disharmony, discord and disunity. Where is this coming from? Why do we check for "chametz" in OUR OWN homes? One caller suggests that the Satan, out of exasperation, is emptying his toolbox and sowing discord among the Jews because nothing else has worked to stop the Jews' march toward Messianic days. At the end, a very heartwarming story of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and a unique visit to a prison to meet the the inmates.

Why the lack of harmony and derech eretz?

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Keep that derech eretz thing going my friends and a joyous end of Passover and Happy Easter to our Christian friends. 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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