Laughing through Adar

Post by Melissa

As I mentioned the past two years (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.

Well, quite simply, we’re now over a week into Adar and we need to ensure we bring on the happy!

I posted a request for happy/silly/funny things on  Facebook and got an amazing response, so I decided to post the request here as well as the thing which most made me laugh so far this month.

A rabbi and friend of mine wrote a wonderful spoof for the synagogue bulletin which had both D and I laughing out loud. I initially thought I would just use some excerpts, but it was too hard to narrow down, so instead, I present you with the link.

I hope you too enjoyed a laugh from that and that we can keep each other happy throughout the month!

 

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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)?