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Pesukei D’Zimrah-Adar Joy-Likkutei Eitzot 10

One must keep very far from sadness, for the shells have the aspect of sadness and our “judgment intensified–the essence of punishment.” When sadness prevails, the Divine Presence, which is the joy of Israel, is in exile. The negation of the shells and the ascent of holiness take place primarily through joy. (Likkutei Eiztot, Simcha #10)


“He hurls His ice like crumbs, before His cold, who can stand? He issues His command and it melts them, He blows His wind, the waters flow. He relates His Word to Jacob, His statutes and judgments to Israel.” (Pesukei D’Zimrah-Psalm 148)

God shatters all the shells of sadness through the gift of His Word – Torah – and when we find joy in His Torah and Miztvot, we too, can shatter all the shells of punishment and suffering.

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