Just a Decrease

Today is the first day of Av.  The gemara states “Just as when the month of Av begins we decrease our happiness, so too, when Adar begins we increase our happiness.” ~ Ta’anit (29a)

R’ Paysach Krohn points out that the gemara does not state to avoid happiness altogether, but rather to merely “decrease” our happiness.  That is because a Jew always has to remain happy.

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