|Examine Your Life
Question 14: What's wrong with excessive laughter?*
Rabbi Schwartz :
prophets reached heavenly inspiration not by being slack, sad,
laughing, clowning or idle chatter, rather with the joy of doing
mitzvos.** Still, what is wrong with laughter?
indicates victory. It says, we have arrived, we have conquered all -
all we need to conquer, and can rest on our laurels. As Jews this is
far from our present reality. We need to improve our lives and this at
1) Individually, we need to grow our Torah knowledge, improve our character, and strive towards reaching our potential.
As a community/people, we have to pray for the coming of Mashiach, the
rebuilding of the Temple, and the return of the Divine Presence - the
Shechina - to our midst.
To laugh in a full way, without reaching these goals, is to laugh the idiot's laugh.
A time will come when we reach our full destiny, personally and as a people, "…then our mouths will be filled laughter".**
The Talmud (Brochos 31a) teaches that a person should not fill his
mouth with laughter while yet in this world. Rather, he should reserve
it for when the Jewish people is redeemed.
** Pesachim 117a
*** Tehillim 126.2
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