Audio: Derech Eretz for Eretz Yisrael - A Yom Hazikaron Special

Rabbi Adler gets personal and poignant in this special Memorial Day program which hits upon some sobering issues.
5/4/2014, 10:06 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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I've dedicated many shows to aspects of Derech Eretz, but today I wanted to share my thoughts on a phenomenon that has taken hold here in Israel, and that is, a lack of derech eretz for Eretz Yisrael, by people who live here in our Homeland.
In the next two days, Israel we go from deep and solemn mourning to elevated joy and celebration. We will go from silence and respect for 23,167 fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of Arab terror, and gently proceed the next day to unbridled happiness and appreciation of Israel's 66th Independence Day. These are days during which every Israeli has a connection, and each should have a deep appreciation for those who protect us as well as the Divine plan that brought us home and those who sustain this country.
Sadly, there are some who show a lack of respect and appreciation, and it is to these groups and people that I address my show.
Maybe after you listen, and feel as strongly as I do, you can let me know and we can think of ways to change the status quo. 

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Thanks for listening, keep that derech eretz thing going my friends, and have a great 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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