Today I woke up thinking about all the things I have to be happy about, and all the things I have to be sad about. And I thought to myself: which one will I choose to prioritize? The happy things or the sad ones? Well, being that it is the month of Adar I chose to go with the happy thoughts and put the sad ones on a back burner. (if it was the month of Av I probably would have focused more on the sad things…) In Adar we have a mitzvah , a commandment, to increase in happiness so the sad thoughts I knew were coming from an unholy place.
We are now entering the Jewish month of Adar. Zman mazaltenu! It is the time of Jewish mazal. It is a month of happiness. We need to increase in joy. But how to do that? simply go through the motions.Laugh, sing, dance....even if you dont feel like it. Because everytime you laugh, things change around. That is the idea of this month. The hebrew letter governing the month of Adar is kuf, the letter associated with the monkey. A monkey constantly laughs and turns somersaults etc. And this is the idea of Adar: through laughter, through joy, everything can turn around.
I just heard about a really interesting new computer program for making shidduchim.
The Baal Shem Tov once ascended to the Heavenly realms and entered the chamber of Moshiach. He asked when Moshiach would come and he was told “When your wellsprings (the teachings of Chassidut) are spread all over the world”.
The decision in Israel to convict Elor Azaria of murder is shameful! there is no other way to describe it. A totally galut mentality! How low can the court system fall?
To equate the murder of a terrorist who came to murder Jews with regular murder is absolutely ridiculous.
Who cares if Elor killed him on purpose? A terrorist is a terrorist. Didnt he come to murder Jews on purpose?
BELOW IS A LETTER BY THE LUBAVITCHER REBBE ON THE SECURITY OF ERETZ YISRAEL. IT CERTAINLY APPLIES TO TODAY!
Chanukah sameach! Chanukah is one of my favorite holidays. All about light. Reminding each of us how we must be a light to the nations, a light to our surroundings and shine light to others.
In the beginning of Creation, G-d shone a special Divine light into the world for 36 hours. Then He hid that light for the future, for the world to come, for the days of Moshiach. But during Chanukah that special light is within the Chanukah candles and we can access that special Divine light.
Today is Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the month known as the month of miracles and redemption. May we merit both. May this month bring each person their personal redemption from whatever problems they face, and the complete redemption of all the Jewish people and the entire world with the coming of Moshiach. And may it all be with miracles. This is a month filled with miracles and happy occasions . May we already have the geula before chanukah even begins and we should celebrate chanukah in Jerusalem in the third Beit hamikdash!
This week's Torah portion is Lech Lecha. One of my favorites. it is the story of how G-d commands Avraham to go: leave your country, your birth place, your father's house and go....but go where? just go and Hashem says He will show Avraham the land He wants him to go to.
Now we are in the season of our rejoicing, the Succot holiday. Chag sameach to everyone!
But what about people who find it hard to be happy? There are many people who have serious problems and find it very hard to rejoice. Some people live in places where they do not have much opportunity of rejoicing.
Being in Crown Heights and dancing every night at simcha beit hashoeiva makes it easier to be bsimcha.
Being in Israel and seeing the succot everywhere and attending concerts and enjoying the chag makes it easier to be bsimcha.