Twice the Adar, Twice the Happy?

As I mentioned last year (and likely will every year of this blog – who doesn’t like an excuse to write about happiness?), the Talmud tells us that when Adar begins, joy increases.
So what happens when its a leap year and we have Adar Rishon and Adar Sheini? (In the lunar calendar, we add an entire extra month for leap year, not just a day. These translate to Adar 1 and Adar 2 basically)
Do we get a talmudic mandate for two months of happiness and joy? Just Adar Sheini because its the original Adar? Just Adar Rishon since it is when Adar begins?
I’m interested to hear a more educated take on this, but my gut reaction is to embrace it! Two months of obligated happiness as the winter weather drones on and its easy to lose sight. Two months of mandated happiness as we drift away from the secular New Years’ reminder that we can always start over. Yes please!

 

Post by Melissa

In line with the mandated happy, this month I am going to start living my dream. (Which I will post about separately, per a comment yesterday.) What is your first step to increased happiness in the coming month(s)?

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5 thoughts on “Twice the Adar, Twice the Happy?

  1. Melissa, you’re in good company with one of the great contemporary poskim, the Nitei Gavriel, may he live and be well 🙂 In his volume of the Laws of Purim, Chapter 11, “The Month of Adar”, R’Zinner writes:

    משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה ובשנה מעוברת נוהגים גם כן באדר ראשון, וי״א דרק באדר שני הוא כן

    In case the Hebrew characters didn’t come through: “When Adar enters, increase in joy. In a leap year, it is the practice to likewise do so during the first month of Adar. There are those who say, however, to do so only Adar Sheni.”

    He cites a footnote for the latter opinion, citing a m’forash and its reason, that the heightened simcha of the time is related to the miracles of Purim and Pesach, so therefore “שבא ללמד שרק באדר שסמוך לניסן נוהגת השמחה, coming to teach only the Adar closest to Nissan does the (increased) joy take effect.”

    Personally, I’m really glad that’s all a minor footnote and he says it’s not the applied practice! lol

    Like you, and the Nitei Gavriel, EMBRACE IT!

    Nothing distances a Yid from Hashem’s service quite like atzvus, despair, depression, sadness, all that stuff. Even in Av, it says to only diminish in joy, not eliminate it, chas v’shalom, because a Yid has ALWAYS gotta be b’simcha. All the better when we get a two month mandate to increase!

    An extra Adar makes this Yid happy cuz it means I got one more month to review the Megillah for laining purposes!

    Looking forward to hearing about living your dream.

    May we all meet with tremendous hatzlacha in our endeavors during these holy and joyful two months of Adar. As chassidus teaches, simcha breaks all boundaries

    P.S. A family I know has a sign of their front door, “Mi’sh’nichnas OUR DOOR, marbin b’simcha.” It works, because it cracks me up every time.

  2. Yippee – here’s to living your dream! I can’t think of a better thing to do in Adar Rishon! I am pondering living my own dream, but it may have to wait for another Adar. Can’t wait to read about yours!!

    • As I heard recently, it isn’t about making it across the pond, just getting to the next lily pad. Perhaps this Adar, you can get one lily pad closer to your dream Rachel!
      (Sorry for the delay in the approval, your comments always hit our spam filter for some reason!)

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