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Simcha In The Month Of Av?
When a leader is in his
palace and has all he wants, he is happy and feels in need of no one. However,
when he feels a lack he may call in his servants to sing and cheer him up. In a
similar vein, Hashem feels ‘low’ since there is no Beis Hamikdash. This is
especially so during the three weeks. Therefore, we need to give
‘Chizuk’ to Hashem as it says תנו עז לאלה-ים; give strength to
Hashem. This is done through doing
Avodas Hashem with enthusiasm and happiness. With this, we can appreciate a
deeper meaning in עבדו את ה' בשמחה- the purpose of Avoda is to
do it in a way that it gives Simcha to Hashem.
The Gemara tells us משנכנס אב ממעטין בשמחה; when the month of אב comes in we diminish our
Simcha. This can also mean that when אב comes in we diminish in
our pleasures- no meat, showering and the like. How should this be done?
בשמחה. In fact, the Chazon Ish tells
us a remarkable insight. A Navi is required to be בשמחה when he gets a prophesy.
Consequently, Yirmiya had to be בשמחה when he wrote Eicha!
The name given to this month
is מנחם אב. That is to say, we need to console Hashem, our father in
R’ Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R’ Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received Semicha from R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. R’ Alt has written on numerous topics for various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.
We lessen the mourning by
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