What does simchah really mean, and what does it look like from the outside? Simchah is an inner joy, contentment, and peace of mind that is the direct result of spiritual growth, movement, and connection to Hashem. In other words, someone who is really alive in this world is the one who is truly b’simchah.

Real living in this world, the one that brings a person to simchah, will only come when there are three things in place:

  1. He has a personal connection to Hashem. The person maintains a strong connection to Hashem, particularly when things are hard, unclear, uncertain, or painful. This can only happen if he understands and believes that Hashem loves him, that everything he experiences is from Hashem, and that there is some good (whether hidden or revealed) in each and every situation and place that the person finds himself in.
  2. He knows what his purpose is in life. In other words, he knows where he is going. This means a few things: He is connected to the Torah and thus knows what Hashem expects of him in most situations (and even if he doesn’t know, he knows where to find out)… he is in touch with his strengths and weaknesses… he understands the nature of growth – that it includes ups and downs, periods of giving and receiving, moving and resting. He knows that he has a unique mission in the world that only he can fulfill. He may not know how or when (or if) he will get to that point, or even what it will look like when he is there – yet, he is patient and courageous, pushing himself to keep moving forward even when the path ahead of him is full of roadblocks, regressions, and unexpected detours.
  3. He surrounds himself with the right people. This includes a connection to a rebbe or a rav whom he can turn to for guidance, as well as friends and neighbors who are also working on themselves and their relationship with Hashem at their level.

In short, someone who is serving Hashem in simchah is someone who is full of life, whether he is singing, dancing, smiling or whether he is on the floor crying out to Hashem. In every instance, his connection to Hashem and his desire to fulfill his role in this world never leaves him.

(Material was previously published on www.ShiratMiriam.com.)

List of People Who Need
a R’fuah Sh’leimah

(a complete recovery)

Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.

Boris Baruch ben Frecha Frida

Alter Shmuel ben Chavah Leah

Chaim Avraham ben Shifrah Zisel

Chaim ben Malkah

Yehudah Yudel ben Miriam Gittel

Yosef Ezriel ben Chayah Michal

Aharon ben Feiga

Menachem Mendel ben Gita Perel

Eliezer ben Ra’oma

Shlomo ben Mazal

Chaim ben Pesha Miriam

Chaim Gershom Yeshaya ben Leah

Yonah Gedaliah ben Pesha

David Yosef Elimelech ben Elisheva Hinda

Nasan ben Naamah

Tzvi ben Miriam Rachel

Yosef Ala ben Samara

Rafael ben Yocheved

Rachamin ben Alizah

Yosef ben Yaffah Liba

Farid David ben Shushan


Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Chayah Shoshanah Tovah bas Esther

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Gittel bas Sarah

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Chayah Malkah bas Charlotte

Rachel bas Miriam

Batya bas Esther

Rachel Leah bas Chayah Zlata

Chavah Leah bas Shoshanah

Rachel bas Hinda Reizel

Olga Chayah bas Geila

Limor bas Chanah

Chanah Esther bas Ayalah Hadar

Chavah bas Shoshanah Sofie

Rachel Naomi bas Esther Chanah

Miriam bas Esther

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