This week’s Good News Friday post is going to be a bit different than others that have gone before.
Today’s Hebrew date is 14th Adar I. It is called Purim Katan, “Minor Purim” to remind us that in a regular year (not a leap year) today would really be Purim. The defining phrase of Purim is “ונהפוך הוא” – Ve’nahafoch hu, “and it was turned around”. The Megillah (Book of Esther) continues: (Esther, ch. 9):
וְהַחֹדֶשׁ אֲשֶׁר נֶהְפַּךְ לָהֶם מִיָּגוֹן לְשִׂמְחָה וּמֵאֵבֶל לְיוֹם טוֹב לַעֲשׂוֹת אוֹתָם יְמֵי מִשְׁתֶּה וְשִׂמְחָה וּמִשְׁלוֹחַ מָנוֹת אִישׁ לְרֵעֵהוּ וּמַתָּנוֹת לָאֶבְיוֹנִים:
The month in which it was all turned around, from sorrow to joy, and from mourning to a festive day.
After the intensely emotional and distressing week that we have been through, we have a true Purim-like turnaround from sorrow to joy, as we receive the wonderful news that our daughter has given birth to a boy, weighing in at a hefty 3.9 kg.
May this wonderful news signal the start of a much happier period for all of us.
I don’t have time (or the energy) to write about any other good news. I think this will suffice for all of us this week.
Wishing my daughter and son-in-law a hearty Mazal Tov, and wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom.