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In Adar, we are supposed to be more joyous than usual. How do we do that? Here is a short thought from a new book by Rebbetzin Yemima Mizrachi:

“We live in a joy-challenged society. Today, joy must be learned. It is precisely joy, which everyone treats lightly, that requires serious consideration on our part.

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“Joy is sometimes perceived as superficial, while the tragic, the melancholic, is perceived as deep and serious. But that isn’t true. True joy contains great depth. It is a resolution, a decision, a choice.

“Women must choose to be joyful. Women these days expect of themselves to do everything – to work, to educate, to succeed at home and outside the home, to host, to finish everything quickly. I say: Cut yourself much slack, but never give up your joy. A messy bed can be made. A work report can be prepared. But an unhappy woman is worse than all these.

“So, yes, you didn’t tell a bed-time story. You didn’t finish the to-do list. You got angry again. But you forgot to write on your to-do-list the task of smiling and enjoying.

“So choose your tasks properly, decide what to forgo and what not to forgo, but one thing you should never forgo: joy, today, now.

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Sivan Rahav-Meir, a ba’alas teshuvah, is one of the most popular media personalities in Israel. She is a Channel 2 News anchor, a columnist for Yediot Aharonot, and the host of a weekly radio show on Galei Tzahal. Every day she shares short Torah thoughts to over 100,000 Israelis – both observant and not – via Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp.