Skip Navigation

Looking for Joy in an Upside-Down World

This is a place holder image for bridge blog posts without an image selected.

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. 

 

-Yonit Rothchild

Tags: Life in Israel , Crisis and Need

Previous Post

Next Post

More than 60 Fellowship supporters join Rabbi Eckstein and Fellowship staff on a tour of Israel, which includes visits to project areas and biblical and historic sites in the Holy Land.

Visit Israel

Here you’ll find an array of useful information on accommodations, transportation, exchanging currency, Israel's climate and customs, and much more. So get the most out of your trip to Israel with the help of The Fellowship.

Read More

About The Fellowship

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) funds humanitarian aid to the needy in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world, promotes prayer and advocacy on behalf of the Jewish state, and provides resources that help build bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews.

Read More