Monica Rozenfeld moves to Brooklyn with two roommates — a Catholic and an observant Jew — and they each seek understanding of what it means to be religious.
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We’re now in the Jewish month of Adar. It’s the month of the holiday called Purim, where the Jewish people were persecuted by King Achashveirosh and his evil official Haman [booooo (when the name Haman is read aloud from the Scroll of Esther, it is customary to make noise and stomp to blot out his name)], but were saved by the merit of Queen Esther.
It’s said in the Talmud “Mi she’nichnas Adar, marbin b’simcha” – When Adar arrives we increase our joy. Despite knowing this popular phrase, I was having trouble rejoicing. I felt like I was holding on to some bad energy lately, and that was bothering me. Really, really bothering me. I had gone to hear a Rabbi speak at a friend’s house to hear some inspiring words, yet I couldn’t help but feel truly disconnected. And that bothered me as well. Where was this version of 5 years ago me who really felt like a spiritual being?
As a result, I have decided to make a shift in my way of thinking. I’m working hard to bring more positivity in my life, and hopefully more spirituality. I still believe that, like I told Monica and Annie, 2012 will be a fantastic year. Now I’m taking extra, conscious, steps to make that happen.
It is my wish and blessing that everyone who celebrates (and those who don’t!) should have a joyful Purim, where we realize all of our true potential in life.