ברוכים הבאים לאתר - שמחה של אמת
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True Simcha - what is it?
Have you ever meditated on the word Simcha - happiness? What is real happiness?
True simcha (happiness) is one thing:
the ultimate simcha, the one that will last in this world and the next.
Fancy cars, trips to amusement parks, comedy clubs, renovating your homes - how long does the happiness from these [materialistic] things last? If it lasted you wouldn't need to keep going again and again, to keep renovating again and again. Hashem wants us to have materialistic things, but only if it serves the purpose of serving Hashem. If you need to hear (clean!) jokes to be happy enough to daven, to sing zemiros and to enjoy doing mitzvos, you should certainly do that.
The Ultimate Simcha - Happiness: Have you ever thought about the joy you felt after helping someone in need? Perhaps someone less fortunate? A friend, a poor person, a neighbor who just gave birth, etc. - think about the feeling you felt. When you make another person smile, the joy you feel is one that lasts forever. Not only because it is dependant upon nothing but because you know the sachar - the reward from Hashem will last forever - literally. In this lifetime and in the next. In this world and in the Olam Haba.
Serving Hashem: I find it is very hard for people to understand the concept of serving Hashem. Well, who am I to say exactly what it is, but I have an example that helps me when I am slacking and my Evil Inclination, my yetzer hara is doing its job too well. We serve Hashem - the King of the World. When we think about the concept of us serving a king, in general, it makes us cringe. To us, a king is a ruler who has everyone falling at his feet, afraid that if not he will behead them, perhaps. A king who has all the riches in the world and likes for people to run around slaving for him while he sits on his throne doing... nothing. Such a picture is truly horrible. However, we have to remind ourselves that a true king is very different.
Think about it this way: When the people came before David Hamelech, they shook, not in fear, but in awe. Why? He was completely the opposite from the king we described above - the gentile king. They were in awe because of his righteousness. His pure loving, goodness. He was humble beyond imagination, unlike a gentile king and that is what made Bnei Yisrael in awe and so willing to serve under him. Now picture 'someone' like him but times a million - in everything: goodness, loving, purity, humility, etc. Would you not be honored to serve such a king? If it is still hard, try this.
Realize that Hashem is not human. He needs no riches or slaves. You love "good", right? Everyone (who is sane) wants and loves "good". People don't want evil. It destroys everything and everyone. Well, Hashem is "good". Perhaps you never really took the time to realize that "good" has another name. It does: Hashem: i.e., "Good".
"Good", Hashem, runs this universe. If "Evil" did, we could not exist a day. Not even an hour. When you serve Hashem, you are literally serving "Good". What better joy could you hope to have? You are helping to spread the "good" throughout the world for your people. We all stem from the same soul - the soul of Adam. This is why we are judged singularly and as a whole. Because we are all one. So if one of us messes up, the rest of us suffer. But when one of us does a mitzva, the rest of us merit.
The only way to keep the true simcha alive is to constantly remind ourselves of these things. How can we do that? By reading stories from the Torah, from Tzaddikim, from people who have had Divine Providence and so on. We have brought you some of these beautiful articles, stories and excerpts from them all, to help keep the flame of true simcha burning within your hearts.
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