It is Adar! Mishenichnos Adar marbim bsimcha...when Adar enters, we increase in joy. But it is not always easy to feel happy. How should we increase in joy if we dont feel happy in life? if we have problems, worries, fears, aggravations....it is very difficult to suddenly develop a feeling of joy. I was contemplating this idea today and then I thought of something. An actor or actress cannot always be in a happy frame of mind. Many times they could be depressed, full of sadness, frustration etc.
With the words "Harei at mikudeshat li" a man and woman get married. What does that mean? the husband is saying that his wife is holy to him, separate, kadosh, special. She is exclusively his. And he of course becomes exclusively hers.
And when we do a mitzvah, the wording is similar. "Baruch Atah Ado-nai Elo-henu Melech haolam asher kidishanu....." we basically say to Hashem Blessed is He who has sanctified us with his commandments....
So many people are frustrated with their lives. They want things to be different. People make many assumptions. People expect things to happen at certain times, in certain ways. When those expectations are disappointed, people become frustrated, fall into despair, depression or bad moods.
The world has become a very confusing place……a place filled with darkness. Neverthless, as we get closer to Moshiach we can see how Hashem is purifying the world….how He is exposing impurity.
We have to take a stand against impurity . We have to stand with Hashem. Mi Kamocha B’eilim Hashem….we have to be on Hashem’s side. On the side of kedusha. We have to choose Hashem. We have to choose life and holiness. We have to be a light unto the nations. To do that we need to choose light.
Everybody needs to blame somebody. It is a universal trait. Whenever something goes wrong in the political arena they start pointing the finger at someone. Someone has to be blamed for mistakes. There is always someone that is sacrificed in the blame game. Because somebody always has to be blamed. It is easier to blame someone else than to take responsibility.
This is the problem in society today. People do not take responsibility for their actions. They search for ways to alleviate guilt by blaming others.
Recently I seem to hear that sentence everywhere. And I started thinking into it. What does that mean?? It seems obvious…it is what it is. Nothing profound.
But somehow everyone feels they need to make that statement constantly. Why?
So I started to analyze it a bit. It is what it is….that basically is another way of saying “Accept the situation because you cant change it and you cant do much about it”. It is another way of saying “I may not like this situation but I have decided to accept it”.
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?