Audio: Let's not undo the IDF's successes

Decency reinforces our strength
7/13/2014, 8:31 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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I share my thoughts and emotions about Israel's current existential battle against Hamas, and teach a piece of Talmud which reminds us that we really don't know all there is to know and ought to curtail our quick judgments about people and governments.
"How are you and your family doing?" is a question I get asked so often. I share my answer with my listeners today, knowing that some are doing ok, while some are being challenged more intensely. Are we in a war? If not, which word would you use? How does a person of derech eretz weigh the clear dangers lurking in the air with the confidence of knowing that God neither slumbers no sleep? It's sometimes a precarious balancing act here in Israel, not wanting to minimize the danger while not wanting to over-panick. Thanks to a listener from Holland who emotionally expressed her love and support of what we are doing.
How can we spiritually support our IDF? A piece of Talmud that we explore together reminds us of how easily we can undo and unravel the great successes so far, thank God.
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Thanks for tuning in, keep that derech eretz thing going dear friends, and have a great and safe week, with God's blessings of protection and safety. 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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