Ready for a change in mood and energy?! Ready to come out of the darker, colder, days of winter?! Want to step out of the serious, concerning days of the past months?! Get ready for the Hebrew month of Adar, which begins this Friday evening!
Tradition teaches us that,
משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה
Mishenichnas Adar marbin b'simcha.
“When Adar Comes, Joy Increases!”
Our sages take this idea one step further and explain that we are required to celebrate and be happy during this time. It’s not just that the month of Adar magically heralds a joyous season. It is upon us to make it happen. So what do we do with that?
This past year has brought more grief and loss than we are accustomed to. Indeed the month of Adar, and it’s joyful celebration is ever so welcome. And yet we will need to be even more intentional and earnest in our response this year to the obligation to “be happy!”
May we open ourselves to light-heartedness, joy, laughter, frivolity, fun. May we find it in unexpected places. May we share our joy with others and may it ripple and ripple and ripple.
Our Shul Schoolers sang and welcomed the month of Adar yesterday with this short and wonderful song, Mishenichnas Adar. Join the fun!