Rosh Chodesh Adar and Parshat Terumah
Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’simcha – When Adar begins, we increase in joy.
Purim celebrates our survival as Jews. However, that can’t be the only reason why the month of Adar is so joyous. We say in every generation our enemies rise up to destroy us. If it is not Haman, then it is Pharaoh, if not Pharaoh, then Hitler, if not him then its Antiochus. In every generation, evil is trying to destroy us and, in every generation, Hashem saves us. What is unique about this month is that we get rid of Amalek (which is the force of all evil in the world, and all evil in our lives). Amalek is that which pulls us down and away from achieving connection to Hashem and perfection of the world.