Joy and Pain on the Same Day

Living in Israel has its unique characteristics, but the one thing that strikes me over and over is the combination of joy and pain. Today symbolizes that mixture.

Today is Rosh Chodesh Adar (the first day of the Hebrew month of Adar) and it starts a two week marathon of fun and joy, culminating in the holiday of Purim.

This year it is also the first anniversary of the massacre at Mercaz HaRav (a prominent Yeshiva in Jerusalem).

I saw the following video at Israel Matzav, (highly recommended, if you are not familiar with the blog already) and decided to embed it in mine also.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Erica
    Feb 26, 2009 @ 14:42:55

    It is like remembering the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash at a wedding…one of the most joyous holidays is also tainted with horrible sadness. May the blood of these holy children be avenged.

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