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Volume 1, No. 33Welcome to the World of Rabbi Riddle.
Rabbi Riddle Says...
National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education

Be Happy
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Most people think that happiness results from getting something like a gift. Yet our Torah teaches that simcha, true joy, goes much deeper. It comes from knowing that G-d loves you and cares for you, and that every time you do a mitzvah, you are furthering your relationship with G-d. Here are some fun facts about simcha!Maimonides (the Rambam) writes:"Rejoicing in doing a mitzvah and in love for G-d, who has given the mitzvah, is a high level of Divine service."

  • The holiday of Yom Kippur is sometimes called Yom HaKippurim, which means "the day like Purim." This shows us that joy on Purim can accomplish the same thing as prayer on Yom Kippur!

  • Before teaching, the great sage Rava would say something funny to get his students relaxed and ready to learn.


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