Audio: Derech Eretz aftermath of our national tragedy

How does a mench deal with unanswered prayers? How do we frame our disappointments?

7/7/2014, 6:03 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Today's show is broadcast during the shiva week of our precious boys and their families. Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Fraenkel and Gil-Ad Shaer (may Hashem avenge their blood) were cruelly abducted and mercilessly murdered, leaving families and a nation shocked with grief. How do we, as a Jewish people and those who connect with our values, mission and purpose, as a nation of Derech Eretz, come to terms with what happened? Even while our prayers were not answered this time, what possible positive outcomes can we see from how we reacted to this terrible event? What have we learned about our government in Israel and about how trustworthy and reliable our friends are? How do we rescue meaning from this horrible turn of events? 
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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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