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Audio: Clinical Social Worker Joan Kristall on Elul's Potential

Joan Kristall shares her insights into making the 30 days before Rosh Hashanah a time of introspection.
8/24/2014, 8:15 PM

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This coming Wednesday, August 27th, is the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul, signaling that Rosh Hashanah is only one month away. Clinical social worker Joan Kristall, formerly of Baltimore, Maryland and now Efrat, Israel, speaks to us about how to make the most of this 30-day period. How can we become more of a mench? How do we take an honest look at ourselves; after all, we'd rather look closely at OTHERS and judge THEM- this personal stuff can be very intense. This is also a time when we think of people we have hurt and how to make amends. There really is a lot to do, and Joan Kristall shows us how to begin this journey back to our best selves.

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Happy Rosh Chodesh, keep that derech eretz thing going my friends, and enjoy the 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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