“When Adar arrives, we increase in joy,” say the sages
regarding the Jewish month we are about
people see a kid with a long face, they look at him with concern and ask: “What
happened? Is everything OK?” We expect children to be happy. On the other hand,
when we see an adult grinning in middle of the day, we ask with concern: “What
happened? Is everything OK?” We assume that normal adults are serious.
makes sense when we consider the serious burdens most adults carry: mortgages,
health matters, car repairs, complicated family dynamics . . . the list goes
are happy because they don’t (or shouldn’t) have these worries.
So how is an adult to be happy?
an exercise. When you wake up tomorrow, even before you hop out of bed,
say the Modeh Ani prayer: “I offer
thanks to You, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul
within me; Your faithfulness is great.”
the words slowly. Think to yourself: The Creator of the world believes in me,
cares about me and has restored my soul.
isn’t going to pay the mortgage, and it may not even turn your boss into
a mensch, but it will bring you the greatest joy of all: the
knowledge that Someone Above cares about you deeply.
you a happy month!
behalf of the Chabad.org Editorial team