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Canceling Tachanun for the balance of a month

Based on the premise that we don't say Tachanun for the rest of a month when there are already a majority of days on which we don't say Tachanun (as stated in the Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 131,7 ...
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Bleak thoughts of Kohelet vs the Mitzvah of Simhah

This question is a follow up to "Why-do-we-read-kohelet-on-sukkos. The answers there failed to find any reliable source for a connection. I would like to emphasize one aspect of Kohelet - it's ...
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Should you not rejoice with your spouse also?

"וְשָׂמַחְתָּ בְּחַגֶּךָ אַתָּה וּבִנְךָ וּבִתֶּךָ וְעַבְדְּךָ וַאֲמָתֶךָ וְהַלֵּוִי וְהַגֵּר וְהַיָּתוֹם וְהָאַלְמָנָה אֲשֶׁר בִּשְׁעָרֶיךָ׃ " You shall rejoice in your festival, with your son, ...
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Greatest Happiness on Earth?

The Mishnah in Sukkah (5:1) says, “כָּל מִי שֶׁלֹּא רָאָה שִׂמְחַת בֵּית הַשּׁוֹאֵבָה לֹא רָאָה שִׂמְחָה מִיָּמָיו – Anyone who never witnessed the water drawing of the Simchas Beis HaShoeva never saw ...
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Why do we say Tachanun during Adar?

According to this answer, we don't say tachanun on days that are yemei simcha -- days of happiness. But the Talmud (Taanit 29a) says Mishenichnas Adar marbim b'simcha -- once Adar begins we increase ...
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Why do we beg on simchas torah when we are supposed to be happy?

I was bothered by the fact that on Simchas Torah, when we are supposed to be happy and rejoice with the Torah, we are busy with prayers like אנא ה' הושיעה נא etc. What place do these prayers, which ...
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Exclusively Rejoicing on Sukkot

Sukkot is z'man simchatenu -- the season of our rejoicing. But the megilla associated with it is Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which is a downer and somewhat depressing. Why? Sources say it is to provide ...
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According to the Tanya, is one never permitted to be sad at all?

In Iggeret Hakodesh chapter 11, the Baal Hatanya says : In truth, however, “No evil descends from above,” and everything is good, though it is not apprehended [as such] because of its immense and ...
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How does the Breslov philosophy of serving Hashem with love and joy coexist with the traditional Jewish idea of fearing Hashem?

Fearing Hashem has traditionally been spoken of as a central tenet in pious Judaism. One who fears Hashem is showing respect for Hashem and is more likely to live a pious life and not step out of ...
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Chasam Sofer's Commentary on The Month of Av

There's a famous gemara that states: “Mishenichnas Av mema’atim b’simchah,” “When Av enters, we decrease our joy,” (Taanis 26b) I heard that the Chasam Sofer has an explanation of what it means to "...
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Happiness in the Second Half of Adar

The Gemara tells us that in the same way one must decrease joy in Av, one must increase joy in Adar: אמר רב יהודה בריה דרב שמואל בר שילת משמיה דרב כשם שמשנכנס אב ממעטין בשמחה כך משנכנס אדר מרבין ...
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Why are we increasing Simcha when it isn't Adar yet?

Rosh Chodesh is 2 days as today is the 30th of Shevat. Adar doesn't actually begin until tonight. Yet the sense of mishenichnas Adar marbim b'simcha seems to hold sway even today, and not just in the ...
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Male photographers/videographers on the women's side at a simcha

Ordinarily, Jewish women would be expected not to dance or sing with men looking on, or even present in the same area. However, at every Jewish wedding I have been to, there has been at least one male ...
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Source for Simchas Beis HaShoeivah nowadays

In the time when the Temple stood in Jerusalem, there was a ceremony called the Simchas Beis HaShoeivah. The central aspect of the event is, as the name implies, the drawing of water and pouring it as ...
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Money and Happiness

I heard from someone that money buys you happiness. Is that true? What's the Torah's perspective on both money and happiness?
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If visiting the kosel before a joyous event, does one tear kriyah?

If visiting the kosel the morning of, say, one's wedding, should one tear kriyah? I am asking whether we should be in mourning for the temple even at a very joyous time. (My guess is yes, partly based ...
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Meat and wine on Chol HaMoed

There is an obligation for men to eat meat and drink wine on each day of Chol HaMoed, assuming one normally enjoys their consumption. I have three questions regarding this obligation: May one fulfill ...
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No mention of Simcha for Pesach

Devarim (Deut.) ch. 16).. lists the 3 pilgrimage holidays, Pesach, Shavuot and Succot. Of the 3 holidays, Pesach has no explicit mention of "simcha" (joy). Why is that? Is simcha not required on ...
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Aveil participating in a Simcha

May an Aveil attend a wedding of a sibling or neighbor? May he eat there? How about a Sheva Brachos? Bar Mitzva? Bris? Is there a difference in the Sheloshim and the remainder of the year?
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Why is Rosh Chodesh festive?

There are both mitzvos and customs that seem to elevate the status of Rosh Chodesh and give it a holiday-like status. Why? Shabbos and holidays have explicit reasons for being festive. But what is ...
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Drinking in judaism

I recently was curious about how drinking alcohol is viewed in judaism and I came across a question in this site asking "Is drinking a sin?". The answer was just what I was looking for. But after ...
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How can one serve G-d with Simcha when one is painfully aware of flaws, sins, and other bad habits?

How does one serve G-d with simcha when one is aware of flaws, sins, and other bad habits that should cause one to also have bitterness. Not asking about depression and other negative emotions, ...
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Shouldn't we laugh as Rabbi Akiva?

I don't want to be disrespectful, but I remember the story of when Rabbi Akiva saw the temple destroyed with foxes walking where the Kodesh HaKodashim used to be. He laughed because even though ...
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The Puzzle of the mitzvah to be Samach Chosson Vikallah

There is a Mitzvah to make the Chosson (groom) and Kallah (bride) happy on the day of their wedding. This Mitzvah is of utmost importance as it is one of the few Mitzvos for which we stop learning ...
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When the terms “sasson” and “simcha” are mentioned together, is there meaning or reason to the order?

Compare two verses: Yirmiyahu (Jer.) 33:11 - "sasson" is mentioned before "simcha" Esther 8:16-17 - "simcha" is mentioned before "sasson" There are other such verses, as well, that we can compare, ...
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what is the difference between “sasson” and “simcha”

The last of the Sheva Brachot (7 blessings) said under the wedding chuppah, as well as after benching throughout the rest of the week includes an acknowledgement to G-d for creating both "Sasson" and "...
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Why was building the foundation of the second temple so emotional?

In Ezra chapter 3:10-13 it describes the establishing of the foundation of the Second Temple and how once the foundation was laid there were mixed reactions. The older people who remembered the First ...
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What's the difference between שמחה and חדוה?

The Gra was quoted to me (I think from the Aderes Eliyah, but I'm not sure) as saying that during the shofar blowing on Rosh HaShanna a person should be in a state of simcha and chedva. I would like ...
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No tachanun - hooray?

I have noticed that some people are visibly happy when, for whatever reason, tachanun is omitted. I have noticed other people become religiously indignant at those who are rejoicing. Who is right? (...
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Is the “pursuit of happiness” mentioned in the U.S. Declaration of Independence really a right “endowed by the Creator”?

Near the beginning of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, we have these words: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among ...
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Happiness for a Bar Mitzvah

I heard in the name of the Chasam Sofer that the first mitzvah of a bar mitzvah boy is that of simcha (happiness). Does anyone know where I could find the original source of this? I searched Google ...
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Ruining the celebration of the Mishkan but not Har Sinai

Hashem did not want to mete out any punishments at the giving of the Torah in order to not ruin the joy of the moment (Rashi to Shemos 24:11). But Hashem was fine with seemingly ruining the joy of ...
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Practically increasing simcha in Adar

Does anyone have personal/practical suggestions of how to increase one's simcha in Adar? (related)
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Time Parameters of Mishenichnas Adar Marbin B'Simcha

Is "Mishenichnas Adar Marbin B'Simcha" just for the month of Adar, and then you take a step down in simcha for Nisan? Or are you supposed to raise your level of simcha and stay there until Av, when ...
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“When Adar Comes We Increase in Joy” - already from Adar I?

Does the Talmudic dictum משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה (When Adar comes we increase in joy) start even in אדר ראשון (Adar I) in a leap year?
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What constitutes a “Hesped” (eulogy)?

There are certain dates throughout the year when one may not give a "Hesped" (eulogy) because of a certain level of happiness associated with those dates. However, I've attended funerals conducted on ...
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Laughing in this world

The Shulhan Aruch (Orah Haim 560:5) states אסור לאדם שימלא פיו שחוק בעולם הזה.‏ It is forbidden to a person that he fill his mouth with laughter in this world. I don't think I've ever ...
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“I was waiting for my flight and a concert broke out.”

We've all heard that joke, right? In all seriousness, though, a friend posted this video of an impromptu concert at Toronto Pearson International Airport yesterday as all flights were either delayed ...
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Why don't we pray for happiness in the weekday amida?

Perhaps it is an assumption but I would suppose that Hashem would prefer us to serve him through simcha rather than through trepidation. There is certainly a virtue in ahavas Hashem over yirah. Ahava ...
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Seudas Pidyon HaBen and Bris Milah together

If someone had a baby boy and the bris was pushed off until what came out to be the day of the Pidyon HaBen. Can the 2 seudas, one for the Bris and the other for the Pidyon HaBen be made together as ...
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Does a siyyum in the 9 days obviate other issurim?

Each year, I try to coordinate my learning so that I can make a seudat mitzvah during the nine days and some close friends can have some meat and wine to celebrate. Does the siyum also allow them to ...
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What is a Shabbos Kallah?

A common tradition that I have observed is for a kallah to have a "Shabbos Kallah" on the shabbos before her wedding. What exactly is a shabbos kallah and why do people have them?
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Mishenichnas Adar marbin b'simcha [duplicate]

The Gemorah says in Taanis 29a משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה When Adar comes in one should increase in Simcha (Joy). What does this mean exactly? What should one do to "increase" ("marbin") in ...
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Treating obsessive compulsive scrupulosity without ignoring genuine conscience

I read a psychological paper that was linked to in a comment here, dealing with how obsessive-compulsive scrupulosity can be treated specifically for Orthodox Jews. The paper gives a helpful and ...
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Misquotes from Rebbi Nachman?

I cannot find two famous saying attributed to Rebbi Nachman of Breslov. The whole world is a very narrow bridge... It is a great mitzvah to be happy constantly Instead I have found A man must ...
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How can I make my Judaism more enjoyable?

I really enjoy being Jewish, most of the time, but let's be honest, sometimes it can be difficult to enjoy Judaism. Sometimes it's the little things, like having to wait those extra minutes to eat ...
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Is 'simcha' a mitzvah?

"Mitzvah gedola le'heyos be'simcha..." many of us have heard this. I am wondering if there is an actual mitzvah to be be'simcha? (I am looking for sourced comments and not just idea's). I know that ...
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Tachanun when there is a Siyyum?

Does a minyan say tachanun if there was a siyyum or if there is going to be after aleinu? Or, is it preferable to have a Siyum on Shabbat (just for example) to avoid this safeik? Is Tachanun recited ...
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Tachanun when making aliyah to Israel?

Is aliyah to Israel an occasion for which one does not recite Tachanun? Is there a difference of minhag on this, or is there a uniform answer (yes, it is a special enough occasion to refrain from ...
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Drinking socially during the Three Weeks

Is there any problem with drinking socially during the Three Weeks? Background: My Rav held that large social gatherings even without music give a person more Simḥah than privately listening to music,...