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    Rav Avigdor Miller on Opening the Fountain of Adar Happiness

    Q: It says משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה – “In the month of Adar we should increase our happiness.” My question is how do I do it? How should I acquire more simcha in the month of Adar?

    A: And the answer is that you have to know that Hakodosh Boruch Hu has made in each person a fountain of simcha, a fountain of happiness. Only that the fountain has to be primed. But once you open up the fountain and it starts gushing forth you’ll be surprised how much simcha there is within your own mind.

    We are born with the ability to be full of simcha. And once you start thinking about how good it is, this month of Adar – when Hakodosh Boruch Hu showed us a picture of לעתיד לבוא, of how Haman is hanging with all of his sons – the happiness will begin to gush forth from your mind. Only that you have to think!

    That’s what’s going to happen לעתיד לבוא. Because Really, all the resha’im should be hanging all the time. That’s how it’s supposed to be. And the tzadikim should be looking on and enjoying the sight! It’s a simcha to see your enemies hanging! Hashem is showing you that He loves you – that’s a simcha!

    We have so many enemies today, and we always had enemies. And the time will come that our enemies will be hanging. We won’t have to do it; Hakodosh Boruch Hu will do it for us! They’ll be hanging!

    And that’s what happened on Purim. Hashem lifted up the curtain and we got a glimpse of what the future will be. They took a look: “Who is that hanging there?! It’s Haman! Haman is hanging!” They were surprised; they were shocked. And they went out of their minds with simcha! So make sure to utilize that simcha to open up that fountain you have within you.

    In addition to that, enjoy the fact that spring is around the corner. There will be nice balmy weather soon, and soon the trees will have green leaves. So think about how good it is to be alive. Oh, what a pleasure it is to be alive! It’s a big simcha to be alive!

    So keep on thinking the things of happiness, and Hakodosh Boruch Hu will open up that fountain of simcha that’s in your mind. And it will start gushing forth in the month of Adar. And then you can keep the spigot of the fountain open even in Nissan and Iyar, and all year long.

    Tape # E-178 (February 1999)

    Reb Eliezer

    It says כשם משנכנס אב ממעטין בשמחה כך משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה the same way as when Av comes we diminish joy the same Ador comes we add joy. How are the same. Rabbi Yosef Baumgarten explained that fasting we certainly fast for the heaven’s sake but not eating. We should behave similarly when it comes to eating. Even though we don’t currently have the Beis Hamikdash, Purim gives reason to hope that even though they sinned at the party of Achasveros, they were still helped by the killing of Vashti. Even though we are not worthy of our redemption, Hashem will help us to bring the redemption in our time speedily.

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