Newtown, CT – Gov. Attends First Funerals For Jewish Victims; Mom Delivers Moving Remembrance (video)

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    Veronika Pozner(C), mother of Noah Pozner, arrives for her son's funeral December 17, 2012 at the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home in Fairfield, Connecticut. Pozner, a six year-old Jewish boy who, along with 19 other classmates and 6 teachers was murdered by a lone gunman December 14 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT/VINNews.com Newtown, CT – A grief-stricken Newtown began laying to rest the littlest victims of the school massacre, starting with two 6-year-old boys — one of them a big football fan, the other described as a whip-smart youngster whose twin sister survived the rampage.

    Family, friends and townspeople streamed to two funeral homes to say goodbye to Jack Pinto, who loved the New York Giants and idolized their star wide receiver, and Noah Pozner, who liked to figure out how things worked mechanically.

    U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Rep. and Sen.-elect Chris Murphy and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy were among those in attendance.

    In front of the funeral home where relatives mourned Noah, well-wishers placed two teddy bears, a bouquet of white flowers and a single red rose at the base of an old maple tree.

    “He was just a really lively, smart kid,” said Noah’s uncle Alexis Haller, of Woodinville, Wash. “He would have become a great man, I think. He would have grown up to be a great dad.”

    Noah’s twin sister, Arielle, who was assigned to a different classroom, survived the killing frenzy by 20-year-old Adam Lanza that left 20 children and six adults dead last week at Sandy Hook Elementary in an attack so horrifying that authorities could not say whether the school would ever reopen.

    At Jack’s service, hymns rang out from inside the funeral home. A mourner, Gwendolyn Glover, said that Jack was in an open casket and that the service was a message of comfort and protection, particularly for other children.

    “The message was: You’re secure now. The worst is over,” she said.

    The funeral program bore a quote from the Book of Revelation: “God shall wipe away all tears. There shall be no more death. Neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.”

    The Pozner family are members of the Conservative shul Adath Israel synagogue in Newtown.
    Veronique Pozner (front), mother of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Noah Pozner, arrives at his gravesite for his burial at the B'nai Israel Cemetery in Monroe, Connecticut December 17, 2012. Two funerals on Monday ushered in what will be a week of memorial services and burials for the 20 children and six adults massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
    The mother of Noah delivered a message at his funeral reflecting on the life of the little boy in Friday’s school shooting, and lessons to draw from his loss. Here they are, in full:

    From mother, Veronique Pozner:

    The sky is crying, and the flags are at half-mast. It is a sad, sad day. But it is also your day, Noah, my little man. I will miss your forceful and purposeful little steps stomping through our house. I will miss your perpetual smile, the twinkle in your dark blue eyes, framed by eyelashes that would be the envy of any lady in this room.

    Most of all, I will miss your visions of your future. You wanted to be a doctor, a soldier, a taco factory manager. It was your favorite food, and no doubt you wanted to ensure that the world kept producing tacos.

    You were a little boy whose life force had all the gravitational pull of a celestial body. You were light and love, mischief and pranks. You adored your family with every fiber of your 6-year-old being. We are all of us elevated in our humanity by having known you. A little maverick, who didn’t always want to do his schoolwork or clean up his toys, when practicing his ninja moves or Super Mario on the Wii seemed far more important.

    Noah, you will not pass through this way again. I can only believe that you were planted on Earth to bloom in heaven. Take flight, my boy. Soar. You now have the wings you always wanted. Go to that peaceful valley that we will all one day come to know. I will join you someday. Not today. I still have lots of mommy love to give to Danielle, Michael, Sophia and Arielle.

    Until then, your melody will linger in our hearts forever. Momma loves you, little man.

    Mourners leave after Noah Pozner's funeral December 17, 2012 at the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home in Fairfield, Connecticut. Pozner, a six year-old Jewish boy who, along with 19 other classmates and 6 teachers was murdered by a lone gunman December 14 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT/VINNews.com

    Family of Noah Posner mourning their loss a day after Adam Lanza opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School killing 27 people, including 20 children. (Photo by Todd Maisel/NY Daily News via Getty Images/VINNews.com)

    Noah Pozner

    A woman leaves a funeral home before the service for Noah Pozner in Fairfield, Connecticut December 17, 2012. Pozner, 6, was the youngest victim of Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

    Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy (C) and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman arrive for the funeral service for Noah Pozner in Fairfield, Connecticut December 17, 2012. Pozner, 6, was the youngest victim of Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

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    1. so what do you give a mentally unbalanced boy to get him interested and communicate………… assault weapons and other guns. Well I guess the mother was the first to pay the price.

    2. There isn’t a single word in the vocabulary that can describe the grief that is felt. Not one. May Hashem bring comfort to all these families who are suffering a tragedy that is beyond anyone’s comprehension. May these two young children be meilitzei yosher for their families and for all of us. Baruch Dayan HaEmes. mit bitterer treren

    3. I have to stop reading about it and do something instead of crying. Are they sitting shiva? Does anyone know? Can we write at least? I feel being menachem avel is the only thing I can do.

    4. Burech Dayan huemes.

      Read in the paper that after the parents divorced in 2009 there was an emotional down for the kid. I think US culture of over 50% divorce, has a bad effect over the board. Yes, there are bad marriages, but the culture of be-riddling marriage and its macho to live alone or teiva causes major problems.

    5. on the second photo I see Rabbi Yakov Barros, the Rabbi of the South Fallsburg, N.Y.
      shul, he took the time and went all the way to the levaya of the dear yiddisha neshoma. Rabbi Barros is a real tzadik, he’s a very devoted ehrlicha yid. he’s been to Baku, Russia for the sake of yiddishkeit, a real godel b’yisroel

    6. I derive a small measure of consolation when I am mindful of the reality that, right now, as we speak/read, we know (most likely) where the children(‘s souls) are residing, versus the “locale” where Adam Lanza is taking up residence…

        • There is “sick” and there is “evil”.
          Evil may be a form of sickness, but one that is in a person’s control. And responsibility.

          Why would you suppose that he’s sick?

          On the same token, would you claim (as an extreme example) that Hitler and Eichman and Mengele YM”S were sick men and might have gotten off easy?
          I don’t think so.

          As a matter of fact, I remember learning somewhere that part of Hashem’s “justice system” is that victims witness their tormentor’s suffering.
          So my imagination is conjuring up images of Lanza suffering indescribable and unfathomable tortures while his victims (with their other-worldly eyes and attitudes) often get to watch.

          I also imagine his sentence is for thousands of years.

          • In fact many of the evil Nazis who were tested showed mental illness. But most mentally ill are harmless. The Nazis first started the death of citizens by murdering their mentally ill, in fact. What a sad world we have.

    7. Baruch Dayan Emes. May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim.
      This tragedy is beyond anyone’s comprehension. It’s just too much.
      May we merit the coming of Moshiach very soon!!

    8. Condolences to the family. May Hashem comfort them among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. They moved there not that long ago to get a safer environment and better schooling for their kids. It is hard to imagine this small town ever fully recuperating, but may Hashem give them the strength to do so.
      The Lanza boy was able to mask teh extent of his mental and emotional issues somehow, maybe because he was smart and did well as a student. I hope we realize that being smart is not the same as being stable emotionally and screen students better and get them help earlier. Our health insurance often excludes mental healthcoverage and that too is a big problem.
      Yeshivas need to also adress these issues.

    9. The verse they quote from “Revelation”, the last book of the christian Bible, appears first in our Tanach in Yeshayah/Isaiah, and that is where the Rabbi was quoting from. Kind of a big error on the part of the AP

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