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  • Try These Two Ways to Increase Joy Today

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    March 15, 2016 | 11:57 am

    The Talmud teaches us in Taanit 29a, "כשם שמשנכנס אב ממעטין בשמחה כך משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה," “Just like as soon as [the Jewish month of] Av has entered, we decrease in happiness, so too as soon as [the Jewish month of] Adar has entered, we increase in happiness.” This teaching...

  • Adar: Conflict and joy and a recipe for stuffed dates

    February 9, 2016 | 8:42 am

    This article first appeared on Neesh Noosh

    We are encouraged to celebrate and have more joy than normal during the month of Adar.

    “The whole month of Adar is learning how to grow and heal through joy and laughter. . . . . the main reason we came into this world is to experience...

  • The Joy in Special Needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 27, 2014 | 10:18 pm

    I’m writing this blog post with the strains of “Hava Nagila” coming from the TV where my son Danny is about to watch his fourth viewing of the eponymous film, an uplifting, entertaining documentary about how the song orginated, it's international history, and why we all love to...

  • First Person - My Upfsherin

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The upfsherin (hair cutting ceremony) took place on the last day of Shevat -- an auspicious time for a healing ritual. The day before Rosh Chodesh (first day of the month) is observed, in the medieval mystical practice of Yom Kippur katan (little Yom Kippur) -- a day for cleansing,...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Days of Smiles, Days of Tears

    We know that Adar is a month of great joy. But there is one day, the 7th of Adar, which falls this year on March 18, when we take a small break from joy. On this day, Moses was born; he died on this day exactly 120 years later, but his burial...
  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Take a Leap

    Let's leap into the month of Adar! This is the month in which we are told: "The month of Adar brings great joy!" That is because Purim, a very joyous holiday, begins on the 14th of Adar. So, get into the spirit everybody and jump for joy!

    Now don't leap to...