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Likutei Moharan II 48: וְדַע, שֶׁהָאָדָם צָרִיך לַעֲבר עַל גֶּשֶׁר צַר מְאד מְאד וְהַכְּלָל וְהָעִקָּר שֶׁלּא יִתְפַּחֵד כְּלָל‏ According to Wikipedia, the song adaptation was composed by Boruch Chait of The Rabbi's Sons. Likutei Moharan II 24: מִצְוָה גְּדוֹלָה לִהְיוֹת בְּשִׂמְחָה תָּמִיד


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Rashi in the linked Gemara says that the reason we are "marbim b'simcha" is because they are "ymei nisim k'mo Purim v'Pesach" based on which some conclude that Adar Rishon is not included, as no miracles happened in that time period. The Levush (685:1) says that we do not increase simcha in Adar 1. The Sfas Emes says we do. Some want to conclude based on ...


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The Nitei Gavriel - Purim Perek 11 #4 brings from the Yalkut Avraham Siman 686, that the Minhag was to put the משנכנס sign over the Zecher L'Charban area, since it is a Zeman Simcha. Regarding hanging a Mishenechnas sign in the Shul - see page 262 - that the Minhag was to hang it on the Western wall of the Shul - where often that is where the entrance is. ...


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A good summary of a lot of the pros and cons: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1507393/jewish/Is-It-Okay-to-Celebrate-Bin-Ladens-Death.htm A couple of key paragraphs: For the same reason, Solomon tells you not to rejoice over the fall of your enemy. If that’s the reason you are celebrating—because he is your enemy, that you have ...


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That reminds me of the anecdote from Rabbi Emanuel Feldman's book, Tales Out of Shul. A woman once told him, "Rabbi, I'm really not enjoying this week of mourning." Not everything in life (or Judaism) has to be enjoyable. Nor is it meant to be. At least not in the immediate gratification, self-centered sense of the word. Sometimes your enjoyment should not ...


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The teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on the topic of Simcha are collected in a sefer called "Simcha Ubitachon B'Hashem" published by Heichel Menachem. The entire first chapter (some 60 pages) deals with the obligation of being happy. One source that the Rebbe often mentioned: The Rambam writes (Hilchos Lulav Perek Ches, Halocha Tes Vov, English ...


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There's an audio by Rabbi Uziel Milevsky z'tl (former chief rabbi of mexico) on love and marriage which answers this. basically, he points out that in the secular new year people greet each other "happy new year" in the Jewish new year, we don't say "shana semecha" (happy/joyous new year) rather we say "shana tova" (a good year). He explains there, that ...


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I think it means that they cried because they saw that the building was going to be smaller than the Temple that Shlomo HaMelech built, which is something that you can see from the size of the foundation. See Rashi, 3:12 sv זה הבית: כשהיו רואין בניין בית זה היו בוכין מתוך שהיו זוכרים אותו בניין גדול של בית ראשון When they saw the construction of ...


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It doesn't ban laughter outright, only "to fill his mouth with laughter". Mishna B'rura clarifies it's speaking of "supernumerary joy". I claim that most people nowadays do follow this halacha.


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In the beginning of the first chapter of Mesillas Yesharim (see also here), Ramchal writes ויתאמת אצל האדם מה חובתו בעולמו....שהאדם לא נברא אלא להתענג על השם ולהנות מזיו שכינתו A person should realize what his purpose is in this world....that a person was not created except to have joy from Hashem, and to benefit from his Shechinah (Divine ...


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The Rama writes meat and wine by a seudas mitzvah davka and the food can only be eaten in the room of the siyum(Mishna Brurah 551:75).It seems that meat and wine are the only exception and it only applies during the seudah,not the rest of the day. It should be noted that planning a siyum to davka come out during the nine days is not so pashut,even though ...


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Commentaries on Likutey Moharan (I think it's Parparos Lechochma but I'm not sure, as I'm looking in the English edition - b'n I'll try and look it up) bring the following sources for an actual mitzva of simcha: Moshe Rabbenu chastised the Jewish people for not serving G-d with simcha. David Hamelech says "serve G-d with simcha", which Rabbenu Bachya ...


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R' Ephraim Greenblatt holds that it applies to some extent to Adar Rishon was well. R' Yiztchak Zilberstein cites sources for both opinions but concludes somewhat tentatively that Adar I is also included. The last Lubavitcher Rebbe also holds that Adar I is included. See here and here. See also here.


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See the Oruch HaShulchan in סימן תיט - דין סעודת ראש חודש who mentions various reasons why Rosh Chodesh is considered festive: Rosh Chodesh is mentioned in the Torah (Bemidbar 10:10) as one of times we festively blow the Shofar when bringing Korbanot: וּבְיוֹם שִׂמְחַתְכֶם וּבְמוֹעֲדֵיכֶם, וּבְרָאשֵׁי חָדְשֵׁיכֶם--וּתְקַעְתֶּם בַּחֲצֹצְרֹת עַל עֹלֹתֵיכֶם, ...


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The gemara in Megillah 5b quotes the Megillat Taanit which extends the restrictions of fasting and giving eulogies to both days in all places. Tosfot there (sv SheAsurim) says that this teaches that we don't say tachanun on either day because the days are not days of Tzara (pain) but days of Simcha (joy). EDIT The last Beit Yosef in Orach Chaim states that ...


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I personally made a siyum on Shas right after mincha, and R' Herschel Schachter paskened that we shouldn't say tachanun during mincha.


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Rav Ovadia Yosef (Yabia Omer OC 4:13) discusses this topic and concludes in favor of not saying tachanun at a siyum in order to emphasize the aspect of happiness when learning Torah and thereby reward those who do learn Torah / entice others to learn Torah too.


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Regarding the first quote "The whole world is a very narrow bridge..." I can only find "A man must traverse a very narrow bridge...". Perhaps the songwriter wrote the song based on those words which are attributed to Rabbi Nachman. Regarding "It is a great mitzvah to be happy constantly". This is mentioned in Likuteh Morahan Tinyana 24 מצוה גדולה להיות ...


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According to the Michtav M'Eliyahu (Vol. 2 pg 125) on the essay titled "משנכנס אדר" he discusses how the command to be joyous when Adar enters is related to the joy of Purim. He explains that the happiness we feel on Purim is a הכרת הטוב - recognizing the goodness - of the miracle of Purim, which is all about revenge. HaShem took revenge on Haman and ונהפוך ...


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Rashi to Taanis 29a writes that the reason for increasing joy upon the entrance of Adar is that it is a time of miracles, such as Purim and Pesach. The implication of Rashi is that this simcha should last until Pesach, as that is still the time period of the miracles which cause this to be a season of simcha. (And perhaps you should sing the jingle until ...


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The prayer for knowledge (atah chonen...) in the Amidah includes all kinds of knowledge. This includes the spiritual awareness that everything is for the good. See Likutei Moharan 250 (identifying da'at with the awareness that everything comes about through Divine providence). Internalizing this knowledge causes happiness and prevents depression. The ...


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Not sure if this answers your question, but here are a few anecdotes: A central thesis of the Tanya is that a "super-righteous person" will never even have thoughts occurring to them to do bad things. A "normal" person will occasionally have such thoughts, and then not act on them. It's acknowledged that not everyone's role is to be a "super-righteous ...


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It's orally reported (I heard it on a Rabbi Rakeffet mp3) that when Rabbi Moshe Feinstein was asked by Bnai Akiva about Hallel on Yom Ha'atzmaut, he replied: "nu, if it's a yomtov for you, then say Hallel; personally I don't." That may be the spirit you'll find here.


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How about simply, Besha'ah Tovah!


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Just want to add a citation that I don't think any of the previously posted answers or comments mentioned, and that was mentioned by a local rav this Shabas: Sanhedrin 94. Rashi there gives two reasons Chizkiya should have said shira, one of which is having been saved from his enemies. A glance at navi will show that that salvation came about through the ...


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Here is a recent translation, published on the Kol Harav blog, of an essay by R' Meir Simcha of Dvinsk on this topic. He shows how the precedent from how we observe the various "They tried to kill us and failed" holidays indicates that we do not rejoice at our enemies' downfall.


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Mishlei 11:10 - ובאבד רשעים רנה.


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The Shevet Halevi 10:105:3 brings a whole discussion and seemingly concludes that there is an idea of simcha in the first adar.


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Thanks to Double AA I found the source in Piskei T'shuvos footnote 12 which refers to the Chasam Sofer on the Torah in Parshas Vayechi, Divrei Hamaschil "VaYar Yosef".


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The Vilna Gaon states that simcha can exist internally, but sasson is a greater level of simcha where it manifests itself externally through your actions. That's why we say "Yasis alayich elokayich kimisos chassan al kallah" - during the wedding he is more than happy, he is "overjoyed."



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