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"Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha" - Comments

1 R.P on 2009 02 25

Could the reason that we don’t embrace all the rules of not saying Tachanun, etc in Adar is because those rules were already established for Nissan?

2 izzy on 2009 02 25

An interesting modern day application of having court cases - I have a friend who has a child that was nebach born not well and he gets some type of supplemental social security for the child and every few years you get reevaluated and a big rov/posek (i think it was your Rebbi)told him to try to get the evaluation done in adar based on this din. 

3 yechezkel rosenbaum on 2009 02 26

Beautifully done. Thanks aagain for all the insights. in respect to your questions about the correlation between Mazal and joy and also the connection between the lack of joy in Av and the increase of joy oin Adar; see the Zohar in this week’s Parasha, brought down in Korbon Nesanel in the beginning of the 4th perek of Taanis Os 5.

4 Rabbi Yaacov Haber on 2009 02 26

I had a thought. Haman picked Adar because it was a bad luck day for the Jews. Moshe Rabeinu died in Adar. We battle bad luck with simchah. Hashem Tzilchah - if we are b’simchah, Hashem gives us Simchah. For further elucidation on this concept take a look here:
http://www.torahlab.org/calendar/article/simchah_during_frightening_times/

5 shlomo on 2009 02 26

rabbi yaacov haber
are you suggesting that adar is a bad mazel and we should be bsimcha to try to change that? then we shoul o the same thing in av?

6 TorahLab on 2009 02 26

Shlomo; I’m suggesting that the essence of Venahfoch hu is that Hashem changed the Mazal of Adar thru our simcha. Since the aveiros of the Second Beis HaMikdosh are still with us - Hashem has not commanded us to change it.Yaacov Haber

7 felix on 2009 03 01

can you see how we changed the mazel of that song

8 Elisha on 2009 03 04

The Torah Temimah in his great classic, Mekor Baruch, describes how the Beis Haleivi, Aruch Hashulchan, and Netziv lived with great depression in their later years.  He himself excperienced similiar emotions.  Rav Soloveitchik also reffered to his state of existential crises very often.  This seems very contradictory to the entire Halacha discussed here.  Why is there such a great discrepency between Jewish law and practice?

9 kanoi on 2009 03 04

elisha what are you some type of apikoros it seems that your post is just to belittle our gedolim im sure in adar they were more bsimcha than the rest of the year even with their “depressions”

10 elisha on 2009 03 05

Kanoi,
I truly appreciate your constructive critcism.  “Rebuke a wise man and he will love you.”
I would like to offer you some advice back.  Your alias name suggests you are a Kanoi, a zealot, are you not aware of G-d’s negative stance on zealotry, see Malachim I ch. 19.  Why don’t you choose a more peaceful name, something like shlomo, related to shalom.
Additionally you call me an apikoris as if it were a derogatory word. It’s not. Many of our greatest Gedolim have been called Apikorisim, e.g. Rav Kook, R. Dovid Tzvi Hoffman, and R. Yonatan Eibeshutz.  I’m proud to join this illustrious group.

11 Ayelet on 2009 03 05

Elisha,
The Rav, in his great work, “Halakhicman,” seems to describe himself as the unification of ‘Cognitive Man’ and ‘Homo Religiousus.’ It would seem unlikely that such a man would experience “existential crises very often.”

12 the true halachik man on 2009 03 05

elisha, it would seem to me that kanoi is correct in this issue. unfortunately, due to a lack of proper education and the current financial situation in america, I haven’t had enough time to correctly learn advanced jewish law. however, over the years I have picked up the bible on occasion and I have been privilaged enough to be in the company of those who have the ability to teach it to me. just a few questions. doesn’t it say that the cause for all the great travesties enumerated in deuteronomy is the fact that the jews failed to comlete the mitzvot with great joy and a good heart? also didn’t king david exclaim, serve god with great joy? the entire concept of jewish holidays stems from the concept of joy? I would app. a response.

13 answer me on 2009 03 06

Elisha,

As a ardent follower of this blog, I would truly appreciate your response to the previous comments. It seems at first glance that “Ayelet” and “The True Halachic Man” have some very strong questions on your opinions.

14 elisha on 2009 03 27

true halachik man,
you’re lack of jewish knowledge is quite apparent from your question; it sound like all you know is Aish.com pop-Judiasm .  I know a young man named Chester Rosenbaum (who is a homo religiouses) who always asks these questions; I have many times answered him, and he always forgets.  The answer is that all verses in the Bible speak about doing actions of mitzvot happily, but none ever refer to the actual existential state of happiness.  these two happinesses are very different as everyone knows. In conclusion I suggest you try Yutorah.org instead of Aish.com. 
Elisha

15 sender Haber on 2010 02 14

The Hagahos Ashri, as quoted in Shulchan Aruch rules that, in a pinch the Megila can be read with a Minyan for the entire month of Adar.

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