Adar 5775

Chazal teach us, “The same way a person diminishes his happiness when the month of Av begins, so too a person should increase his happiness when the month of Adar begins.” What do Chazal intend to convey with the comparison between the month of Av and the month of Adar? Would it not suffice to say that a person should increase his happiness at the start of the month?

Although the Destruction of the Beis Hamikdash took place on the ninth day of Av, the profound sadness is not limited to that day alone. Its effect ripples to the rest of the month, to the point that the month of Av is known as a sad month.

Similarly, the spirit and happiness generated on Purim reverberates throughout the whole month. This is the deeper understanding of the posuk in Megilas Esther (9:22) “And the month which had been transformed for them”, the entire month was transformed. So to, someone with a court case should try to delay it until the month of Adar.

Purim elevates every action so that everything we do has the “Purim ingredient”. When we daven, our tefiloh is elevated. When we learn or undertake any new ruchnius venture, it is uplifted. Let us make the most of this special month.

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