Why Turn Down Something That Makes You Smile?

The Jewish month of Adar begins on Tuesday evening! This means that Purim is coming and, therefore, it’s time to be surrounded by joy. But, given everything going on in the world today, it’s sure hard to imagine feeling joyful. The rabbis of the Talmud teach that when Adar begins next week, joy increases. Obviously, the highlight of the month is Purim, which is Monday evening, March 9. On Purim we celebrate our ancestors’ ability to stop Haman from annihilating us. But, the rabbis explain that the joy associated with Adar is not limited to Purim alone. We’re taught that the entire month is filled with joy because during Adar the Jewish people actively changed their destiny, transforming what seemed like their inevitable destruction at the hands of Haman into a celebration of life and Jewish power. Given the fortunate events of Adar, the rabbis teach us that this upcoming Jewish…