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What is so special about the month of Adar?

by Mrs. Dinka Kumer

  

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The famous saying (and jolly jingle) about Adar is that 'When Adar commences, we increase in joy'.

The happiest month in the Jewish calendar is Adar for the following reasons:

1. In Adar, Haman (of the Purim story) planned to totally annihilate the Jewish people. When his plot made a complete u-turn and the Jews vanquished their enemies, the month was transformed from the depth of foreboding and sorrow, to the height of jubilation and victory. The entire month of Adar became the epitome of happiness, as demonstrated by the Purim celebration.

2. The 7th of Adar is the birthday of Moses, our teacher and redeemer. Moses wrought some of the biggest miracles in history on behalf of the Jewish people during our Exodus and desert travels. Moses also transmitted to us the Torah, G-d's greatest gift, by which we bring perfection to the world and blessing into our lives. (Incidentally, the 7th of Adar is also the day of Moses' passing. Many righteous pass away on their birthday as demonstration of having lived a life complete in service of G-d.) Just as Moses led the Jewish people from exile to redemption amidst joy and exhilaration, may we also be happy in our anticipation of the coming redemption with Moshiach!

When Haman's plot made a complete u-turn and the Jews vanquished their enemies, the month was transformed from the depth of foreboding and sorrow, to the height of jubilation and victory
3. The zodiac sign for Adar is fish. To survive, fish must remain in their natural element of water. So too, the Jewish people must remain in our habitat of Torah and mitzvahs for our continued existence. Additionally, fish are known to reproduce in large quantities. Also the Jewish people have many, many offspring, referring both to big, healthy families, and also to the numerous good ventures we undertake.

4. Adar is an auspicious month for the Jewish people, when our chance for success runs high. Also, the entire month (not only the first half) is also appropriate to make a wedding.

And what about a Leap Year with two months of Adar? Just 'double your pleasure, double your fun!'

May the joy of Adar extend over the entire year!


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