Was it just a week ago Saturday night, when our local rabbi, HaRav Elchanan Ben-Nun, shocked those attending a memorial shiur (Torah lecture) about this year's Purim Meshulash (3-day) when he said that the ancient witnesses to the New Moon knew--they had instructions-- that they had to see things so that certain holidays would never fall on certain days, like Yom Kippur could never be on a Friday? The shiur was interrupted by our emergency beeper announcing the death, on Shabbat, of our oldest resident, who was over one hundred years old. And so we began the week learning about a confusing Purim and burying an elderly neighbor.
The last days of Adar Rishon, (the first of the two Adar months,) were focused on caring for his mourning daughter and planning for Adar Sheini, (the second of the two Adar months,) and a joyful Purim Holiday. Then, Thursday night everything changed. An armed terrorist infiltrated the prestigious Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, opened fire and massacred innocent students.