Friday, March 7, 2008
MiShnichnas Adar Marbim BiSimcha
It says in the Shulchan Aruch ( Siman 686 Sif 3 M"B S"K 8) "MiShenichnas Adar Marbim BiSimcha" "When Adar starts everyone should be overtaken with happiness".
It is therefore a mitzvah to be overcome with joy during this month. We should feel this wholeheartedly both through our feelings and our actions. There are those that even go so far as to say that the month of Nisan also carries with it this obligation to be overcome with joy. The reason for this is because miracles happened for Klal Yisrael during both of these months.
The most common practice in Jewish communities is to hang up signs that say Mi Shenichnas Adar Marbim BiSimcha". Some however, make a point of placing this sign directly on top (covering) of the heker that they have in their house to remember the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash. We do this specifically to make it known that this is not a time to be downtrodden but it is a time to be truly happy.