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.
Happy Chanukah everyone!!! as you light the Chanukah candles, think of the great miracle that happened to the Jewish people. And may we merit great miracles in our days. The soul of a person is compared to a candle. And light is a very spiritual thing. So may we all add light to the world and spread the light of Torah and may we truly light up the darkness of exile, nullifying all impurities. May we really see the days of Moshiach when the spirit of purity will be removed from the world. Chanukah is a taste of Moshiach time.
Hmm, well that was a quick "war".....of course, as usual, Israel backed down at the wrong time. However, we are grateful that soldiers did not have to go into gaza and risk their lives....it is not worth it when the Israeli govt simply does not do the right thing. The entire situation is ridiculous. for years the arabs are screaming about Israeli being "aggressors", "occupiers", etc. etc. Nothing could be more absurd!
Yes, we are occupiers...of OUR OWN LAND! the land G-d gave to the Jewish people. It is clearly written in the Bible. Nobody can argue with G-d.
The topic is not new, unfortunately. But what we hope will be new will be a much stronger response from the government to terror....and more importantly, we hope and pray that the government and all Jewish people will have the strength to stand up and say the truth to the world:
That the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people because G-d gave it to us! It is clearly written in the Torah, the Bible.
There is a pasuk in Torah that says "Those whom Hashem loves, He chastises".
When anything goes wrong in life or when someone goes through suffering (chasve shalom, may we all merit only open revealed good) we think , as little children would think when their parents punish them, that our Father is angry with us and we are not pleasing to Him. That often brings feelings of sadness or depression. Feelings of being unworthy, somehow lower than others who have it "good" in life.