As we leave the month of Adar, where we increase in joy, we enter the month of Nissan, the month of nessim and geula (miracle and redemption). So we have to take the joy of Adar and apply it to our service of Hashem and work on doing things to actualize the redemption. So what should we do? Well, the first thing we need to think about is that the world is balanced, like a scale. One more good deed, good thought, could tip the balance to the side of good and bring the redemption. Imagine the responsibility of each and every Jew, man , woman and child.
Well, we now know that those yeshivah boys who were murdered actually gave their lives for klal yisrael. they saved the Jews from a horrible terrorist plot that was supposed to happen Rosh Hashanah, Hashem yirachem.
These are the mysterious ways of Hashem that we cannot fathom.
Bu as Jews we know not to ask why. Jews dont ask why. We ask instead "what is the message inside this event? what should we learn? what is the purpose?"
And even when we cannot understand we accept with faith. all Jews are believers, the descendants of believers. This is our Jewish DNA!
Again a horrible attack by Amalek! Yes, that is what I said..Amalek. Anyone who hates the Jews simply because the are Jews stems from Amalek. Anybody who would kidnap innocent young Jewish teens, yeshivah bochurim, just because they are Jewish is from Amalek. Isnt it about time to get rid of Amalek??
The Torah teaches that even when Moshiach comes, G-d's throne is not complete until we wipe out Amalek.
But what does Amalek represent?
Now that it is after Pesach and we did not merit the geula yet, we are left wondering what we can do to actually bring Moshiach. What are you doing? yes, each and every one of us is responsible to bring the geula. to make it happen. The Lubavitcher Rebbe on Chof Ches Nissan gave it over to us to become his partner in this project. So whenever you do a mitzva, say that you are doing this to hasten the coming of Moshiach. When you add in goodness and kindness, say that you are doing this to hasten the geula. And if you want to know the real secret to bring Moshiach?
Finally Adar! This is the month when everything changes around. It is the month of laughter. Through laughter you can change everything. So laugh your way through Adar. this year we have two Adars! Double opportunity. 60 days of joy. And as the Lubavitcher Rebbe taught us, when there are 60 days of Adar, all negativity is botul bshishim! So dance, laugh and dance some more. Get rid of Amalek. Get rid of doubts. Get rid of impurity. Get rid of gezeras. This is the month to get rid of our enemies, internal and external. Let's dance our way to geula! It is no wonder that Nissan follows Adar.
Now that we are in the month of Kislev, the month of geula and nissim (and I would add, the month of light), we certainly can learn many lessons from this month.
One thing that I was thinking about recently is the idea of “luck”, or mazal. And of course the idea of coincidence as well. So many people chalk various events up to coincidence or to luck.
They fail to delve deeper.
But I think the dreidel is a great example of this idea. It spins and spins and drops on one of the letters. Is that luck? Is it coincidence? Or is it Divine Providence?
Wishing everyone a truly new year. Not just a new year in the sense of being Rosh Hashanah...but a new year, meaning a year that is very different and better than all previous years. A year of good health, of happiness, shalom bayit, parnassa , nachat and good news. But even more than that, it should be a NEW YEAR. A year that is better than all previous years. A year that Hashem should renew for us in a much refined way. A year that is filled with all kinds of positivity. Only positivity. Only good things. Only good news.
If you find the world confusing, frightening and filled with darkness, you are not alone. As we see more darkness and feel more despair, this is a sign that actually there is much more light being generated! Sounds strange? Well, Chassidus tells us that before Moshiach comes, as we get closer and closer to the revelation of Moshiach, when the world will be filled with a new sublime light and we will experience a huge revelation of G-dliness and kedusha, we will experience the greatest appearance of so called “darkness”. Because the light is concealed. Truth is more concealed.
Well now we are entering the month of Nissan, the month of nissim and geula! How exciting is that!! This year as you clean for Pesach, anticipate the redemption. Work hard, scrub your inner self, remove any trace of "chametz" (pride or ego or selfishness). Let's make ourselves true vessels for the light of Hashem. This is what Pesach is all about. Why is it that the dough did not rise when the Jews left Egypt? think about it for a moment...they prepared their dough the night before and they took it with them for an entire day or more...it was way over 18 minutes!
So we are now entering Adar and we all know the famous saying "Mishenichnos Adar marbim b'simcha": when Adar enters we increase in simcha (joy).
Well, Zohar tells us that the month of Adar is the time for laughter. The letter corresponding to this Jewish month is the letter kuf which is connected to laughter. It is the letter that controls the sense of laughter.