One People

Achdus is Hebrish for “unity”.

My Mother-in-law and Derech Eretz Month

The quick and dirty on this is that she is the idea person in the family. She’s also our moral compass.

The other day she said, We need people in the shul who will drive elderly people to their appointments if they need assistance.

I said, Well, make the suggestion.

She said, I did. The Rabbi said, Write it up. I don’t write things up.

Hmmm. Maybe. . .

Then she continued: Nobody has derech eretz these days.

Derech eretz is common decency, manners.

What are you getting at?

Well, there’s a new couple in my building.


And I’m waiting for them to come up to me to say hello.

Why wait? Go say hi!

No, that’s not right. I’m older. They should come over to me first.

That makes sense.

You know what we need?

What, Mom?

We need derech eretz MONTH!

I agree.

Elul. The month before Rosh HaShana. That should be derech eretz month. The whole shul should try to observe it, be especially nice to others. THINK before they open their mouths.

Great. But why stop there? Why not tell the WHOLE WORLD to observe Derech Eretz month?

Sure, why not.

So I’m telling you.



June 6, 2007 Posted by | chesed, derech eretz, Derech Eretz Month, Elul, Elul is Derech Eretz Month, helping older people, manners, moral compass, mother-in-law, rabbi | Leave a comment