Terumah

Terumah

Shabbos, Resembles Olam Haba, A Day Of Simcha

The month of Adar is the month of Simcha. Simcha is most coveted by human beings since it benefits them in every aspect of their life.

Every week, there is one special day which Simcha prevails and whose very essence is Simcha. It is a day which imbues a person with Simcha, even if during the week he suffered sorrow or other travail. When Shabbos arrives nothing can stand between a person and the mood of Simcha.

The Talmudic source that Shabbos is a day of Simcha is the Yerushalmi which says, if Purim falls on Shabbos, one doesn’t make the seudas Purim on Shabbos, because on Purim it is written: “La’asos osam yemai mishteh v’simcha—to make them days of Simcha and celebration” while Shabbos doesn’t have to be “made” into a day of Simcha, because its Simcha is permanent and set in Shomayim.

An additional source for the Simcha of Shabbos is the pasuk (Bamidbar10:10) “U’vyom Simcha scherm u’bemo’adeichem—On the day of your gladness and on your festivals,” which our sages explain in Sifri “U’veyom simchaschem, eilu haShabbasos—these are the Shabbosos.”

Some ask where do we find that Shabbos is a day of Simcha more than the festivals?

The seforim of the Achronim, each in its own style, explain. On Shabbos there is no special mitzvah of Simcha and we aren’t obligated to do anything which will bring a person to a state of Simcha. This is different from the holidays on which we are commanded to perform acts which bring Simcha, such as the eating of meat and the drinking of wine.

The very essence of Shabbos causes Simcha to prevail, without having to do an additional deed.

Therefore Shabbos is called “the day of your Simcha” because it is inherently a day of Simcha, unlike the holidays which require deeds we must perform to bring us into a state of Simcha.

The factors which prevent a man from having Simcha are the trails and tribulations of this world. On Shabbos, there are no problems regarding this world, because on Shabbos a person must reach a state in which “all of his deeds are completed” and on which, as a result, there is nothing which stands in the way of the of his natural and innate Simcha.

Shabbos resembles Olam Haba where there is no sadness, only Simcha. As a result, it is a joyous day by its nature. However, to reach a state of true Simcha, we must detach ourselves from issues which cause annoyances and distance us from Simcha, and we must feel “as if all his work has been completed.”

If as Shabbos is about to enter, a person is still burdened with various unfinished melachos, there is nothing which will prevent him from feeling Simcha as much as this.

If we want to reach a state in which Shabbos is “the day of your Simcha” we must be prepared for it from a practical aspect, by finishing all our melacha earlier. When Shabbos arrives, we must be prepared from a practical standpoint, so that it will be able to imbue us with Simcha and tranquility, even without our doing anything which brings a man to a state of Simcha.

If in the shuls we see people in joyous moods when Shabbos begins, we should know that this occurred only because they prepared themselves on time. If we would begin our preparations for Shabbos earlier we would be able to tangibly feel that fact that Shabbos is the source of Simcha and the source of brocho.

“Yismechu be’malchusecho, shomrei Shabbos, ve’korai oneg.”