Friday, March 7, 2008

Mishenichnas Adar...משנכנס אדר

For weeks, I've known what I was going to post for Rosh Chodesh Adar. Ever since Billy Ray Sheet left a message on my blog that he prepared 4 videos telling the story of Megillat Esther and I watched them and laughed and laughed, I just waited for Rosh Chodesh Adar to post them . After all, when Adar comes joy is increased - משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה.
And then, I saw the news that 2 terrorists entered Yeshivat Merkaz Harav in Yerushalayim, killed 8 students, and wounded 10 others. Seven of the dead are teenagers, ranging in age from 15-19; the oldest casualty was 26. Suddenly, I don't feel like laughing anymore.
For most of us, life will go on as usual. We'll rant for a while, complain about the uselessness of the government, shed a tear at the heartbreaking pictures of funerals and choke up when we hear the hespedim. But eventually we'll continue to live our lives because what else can we do? Life goes on. Except for those 8 families. And ten others in limbo.
I feel like anything I say will be trite but I just felt the need to reach out.
May we know better days than these.


Baila said...

You're right, nobody is in the mood to laugh today. But put your post up in a couple of days. We need to laugh.

Shabbat Shalom.

Fern Chasida said...

Thanks for commenting Baila. It's hard to be so far away at times like this. Shabbat shalom.

Billy Ray Sheet said...

I, too, was grieved by the bad news from Jerusalem. But now several days have gone by, and it's time for us to get in the Adar mood (Adar II, I might add). So I hope your readers will now feel the urge to watch those Purim videos and have just as good a laugh as you had. You'll find them (in order) here (Chap. 1 & 2), here (Chap. 3 & 4), here (Chap. 5 & 6), and here (Chap. 7-10). Enjoy!

Billy Ray Sheet

the sabra said...

Positivize their deaths so that we can sooner reach the day when "our mouths will fill with laughter".

muse said...

We postponed the festivities where I teach. The boys were reeling in pain.
Tonight they're having the big party.

Fern Chasida said...

I wanted to wait until the shiva was over. I guess it's time to try and laugh again.