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Happiness is an empty truck

Thursday, 2 March, 2017 - 10:11 am

Are you happy, lucky or joyous?

We just entered the Jewish month of Adar. Adar is a month of joy. The Talmud instructs us to increase in joy when the month of Adar begins. The reason I use the word joy as opposed to happy is because the word happy really means lucky, as in happenstance and happen; things that are out of our control which cannot be increased. In general, the Torah demands of us to increase in things that are in our control.

So how do we become joyous? To increase in joy, one needs to increase the acts that are congruent with our soul. When one implements actions that are an expression of our soul, then they are full of joy.

Mendel Duchman shared with me the words of a stage manager told to him after delivering a bunch of props for his granddaughter’s play: “happiness is an empty truck”. What that means to me is that true joy is when you DO something that demonstrates what you care about. In this case, his granddaughter and her having what she needs to express her creative side.

What will you do this week to ensure that your soul is expressed to increase your joy?

Have a good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

Ps please reply and share your resolution

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