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The Funny Thing About Happiness

Monica Berg
March 6, 2023
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It's no wonder that the song "Don't Worry, Be Happy!" was sung by a famous Pisces. The effervescent energy in this month is definitely worth singing about… so thank you, Bobby McFarren! Yet, as Kabbalist (and my dear husband) Michael Berg shared last week, "The difference between those of us who will manifest great blessings this month and those of us who won't lies in how far we're willing to go out of our way to create laughter and joy!"

That's because laughter and joy are among our greatest spiritual tools. And they can be found almost anywhere! The holiday of Purim, which falls on March 6-7 this year, celebrates the victorious power of the Light. In the Purim story (read from a scroll called the Megillah), an evil courtier plots to wipe out thousands of people in ancient Persia. Yet irony--a common device used in humor--provides the twists that lead to the tale's happy ending. Along the way, identities are blurred, a king is transformed, and the villain's plot becomes his own demise. At Purim, we're reminded that bringing a "consciousness of Light" to even our most challenging moments can save us from being consumed by them.

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