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In September, we delve into the theme of 'Joy'. In a world filled with challenges and stress, finding and acknowledging joy is a profound act of resistance and celebration. Whether through our faith, our community, or our daily routines, joy can be found in the smallest moments and the grandest gestures.


Blessing: Shehecheyanu

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לַזְּמַן הַזֶּה.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, shehecheyanu, v'kiy'manu, v'higiyanu laz'man hazeh.


Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion.

“Serve God with Joy, go before her in song”- King David : Psalms


All these curses will befall you, pursuing you and overtaking you to destroy you because you did not obey the Lord.... Because you did not serve God, your God, with joy and gladness of the heart.

— Deuteronomy, 28:45, 28:47


The Talmud states "One should not stand up to pray while immersed in sorrow, or idleness, or laughter, or chatter, or frivolity, or idle talk, but only while rejoicing in the performance of a commandment 


When the righteous achieve great power, there is joy in the world, and when the wicked achieve great power, there is groaning in the world.

— Midrash Rabbah, Esther, IV:i.

Receive every person with joy- Rav Yishmael Pirkeh Avot 3:15

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