The weekly Parsha – Parshas Mishpotim

This Shabbat, the joyous month of Adar will be blessed.

At a Chasidic gathering nearly 40 years ago, the Rebbe told the following story:

One of the tzadikim of Poland, when still a little boy, asked his father for an apple. His father, however, refused to give it to him.

The enterprising youngster proceeded to recite a blessing over the apple: “Baruch atah… borei pri haetz – Blessed are You… who created the fruit of the trees!”

The father could not possibly allow the blessing to have been recited in vain. And so, he promptly handed the youngster the apple. The Rebbe used this story to illustrate the following point:

In our situation today, if the Jewish people begin now to rejoice in the Redemption, out of absolute trust that G-d will speedily send us Moshiach, this joy in itself will (as it were) compel our Father in heaven to fulfil His children’s wish and to redeem them from exile.

Needless to say, the Rebbe was not suggesting the use of mystical incantations or the like to “force” the premature advent of the end of the exile. “We are simply speaking of serving G-d with exuberant joy,” the Rebbe explained.

The month of Adar brings with it not only the injunction to increase in joy but with every command, we are also given the power and energy to fulfil that command.

So, right from the start of the month, let us increase in our happiness, do mitzvot with more enthusiasm, and rejoice NOW in the imminent Redemption.