04 March 2010

Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha (when the month of Adar comes, we become happier)

-Hebrew Saying

It is currently the Hebrew month of Adar, which is supposed to be the happiest month in the Jewish year.  It’s apex, on the 15th, is the holiday of Purim (celebrated last Saturday night and Sunday day), which is supposed to be the happiest day of the year.

There are two aspects to this happiness.  The first is that this month is a “lucky” month, which naturally makes us happy.  It is considered good luck to begin things in Adar, whether businesses, marriages etc…  The second aspect is a more proactive one.  We are not supposed to lay back and assume that the happiness will just come to us, we need to go out and focus on becoming happy.

I have always liked Adar.  Too many people spend their lives in cruise control and wake up one day unhappy and unsure of how they got that way.  Having one month a year to focus on being happy is a good for the soul.  I try to focus on being happy every month, but having some karmic tailwind is always appreciated.

There are 12 days left in Adar, and I hope you all enjoy them to their fullest!

-Solomon