I really want to be happy right now. After all, this week we welcomed in the Hebrew month of Adar, which is the month of joy. It’s the month in which we celebrate Purim, the joyous holiday described in the book of Esther. As every Jewish preschooler knows, we say that “When Adar enters, joy increases.”
But how can I be joyful when I feel like I’m living in an upside-down world? This week, little Adele Biton, the innocent victim of a rock-throwing incident here in Israel, succumbed to her wounds after a painful two-year battle. How can I be joyful when this Adar marks seven years since eight children were massacred in a Jerusalem high school? How can I celebrate when anti-Semitism, terrorism, and sheer madness are spreading throughout the entire world?
Yet, I am comforted by these words in Esther chapter 9 which sum up the Purim holiday: “vnahafoch hu,” which means that God turned the entire situation around. I pray that God will turn this upside-down world right-side-up so that the tears will end and our joy will be everlasting.