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The Month of Adar

"When Adar arrives, we increase our joy." (Talmud - Taanit 29a)

The Hebrew month of Adar is synonymous with joy because Adar has traditionally been a month of hope and good luck for the Jewish people. Adar is the last of the months on the Jewish calendar, and in this way represents completion.

The sages say that Adar is the best month to try to remove your personal barriers to holiness. And by removing those barriers, you create the potential for the greatest joy.

They also say that prophecy can only come to someone who is happy. Jeremiah, Samuel, King David and others were not moping around in a bad mood when they received prophecy. Tradition says that some of the prophets even used music to help put them in an elevated mood in order to experience prophecy. True happiness is not achieved by satisfying our physical desires, as the body would have us think. Just as the prophet uses music to lighten his mood in order to access the spiritual world, true happiness comes through using the pleasures of this world to elevate our consciousness in order to bind our thoughts to spirituality.

The astrological sign of Adar is the Fish (Dagim in Hebrew, or Pisces). This was a sign of fruitfulness and bounty - and good luck. The Dagim are also a hint to the holiday of Purim: the topsy-turvy turn-around of events in Purim is symbolized in the two fish swimming in opposite directions.

Adar is characterized by joy because it is the month of transforming dread into joy. Adar was the month that Haman selected for grief and mourning, but for the past 2,400 years it has instead been a time of Jewish rejoicing and celebration. In 1991, when Saddam Hussein tried to rain missiles down on Israel, he was defeated on Purim day. Adar contains the power to succeed against an opposing force, both on a national level and on an individual level. If you look inside yourself and recognize your worst enemy -- whether it is anger, confusion, pride, or jealousy -- this is the month in which you may conquer it. When you see God's hand in your life -- and realize how He gives you the potential to defeat your enemies, then you have discovered the source of life's greatest joy. This Adar, may we be inspired to conquer enemies -- whether they come from afar, or from deep inside ourselves. That is the great opportunity of this month.

Other Adar Events:

Moses, the greatest leader of the Jewish people, was born (and died) on the 7th of Adar. There was a miraculous victory over the Syrian general Nicanor by the Maccabees. The order was given to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (leading to the return to Israel and founding of the Second Temple).




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