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Joy

Wednesday, 2 February, 2011 - 11:59 am

 

 

This Shabbat we begin the month of Adar. This year because it is a Jewish leap year there are 2 months of Adar (Adar 1 and Adar 2). The month of Adar is a joyous month as the Talmud says “Just as when the Hebrew month of Av begins we restrain our joy, so too when the Hebrew month of Adar begins we increase our joy”.

This implies that the leading principal is that, “during the month of Av we curtail our joy”, while the law that, “when the month of Adar begins we increase our joy”, is only secondary.

However, The joy that we have during the month of Adar is not proportionate with the restraint we have during the month of Av; during the month of Adar we have an unbridled and unlimited joy, E.G. Purim to the point of “not knowing the difference between blessed is Mordechai (the good guy) and cursed is Haman (the bad guy)”, however during the month of Av we have a limited sadness.

The joy of Adar is stronger than the restraint we have during the month of Av because,  there is constantly the directive of the Torah to, “Serve G-d with joy", which includes the month of Av as well (the sadness we are supposed to have during Av must be a limited sadness). On the other hand, when the month of Adar comes around and we are supposed to add to the normal directive of serving G-d with happiness- the happiness becomes an unbridled happiness. 

On a deeper level, our mission here in this world is to fulfill G-ds desire to have a dwelling place here in this world. Furthermore, just as a person would dwell in his home with his entire being, so too we must make this world a proper dwelling place so that G-d can rest here with His entire Essence and Being.

That being said, G-d is only found in a place of happiness. Accordingly, if we want to make this world a proper dwelling place for G-d, there must be joy and delight here.

This being the case, we must constantly be happy, even during the times specified by the Torah to be times of sadness.

So please join us for a Happy and enJOYable prayer service This weekend  February 5th @ 10AM.

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Have a Joyous Shabbat and a wonderful 2 months of Joy.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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