Reclaiming Joy (1) Why Are We Experiencing Such A Lack Of Simcha?
First in series based on the sefer Pirkei Machshavah - Nisyonos Acharis Hayamim (the tests of our generation) by Rav Ezriel Tauber, one of the older mashpi'im of our generation. In our generation there is a great lack of simcha (joy) among even mitzvah (commandment) observant Jews. The Chozeh (Seer) of Lublin loved Jews who lived in joy. The internet is not the cause, but the effect of our internal misery. Today's challenges of child-rearing are infinitely greater than those of prior generations. A memory of pretending to be gentiles during the Holocaust and yet observe mitzvos, especially Succos - with great happiness; and how different is today's Succos observance among many orthodox Jews. Wanting to do something FOR the Creator of the world. Doing mitzvos because we WANT to, not because we are forced to. Living a life I don't want to be in but that is dictated to me by my community, my parents, my Rabbis - how can I possibly be happy?