Why is the killer included in the death toll? “Killer Also Dies in
Connecticut, Leaving a Toll of 28.” It seems unfitting that he is placed
alongside those he murdered. Judaism
offers this teaching instead, Y’mach sh’mo—may his name be blotted out. That seems more appropriate. May we never read of his name again! Amen Selah!
And may his young, innocent victims rest in peace. May we forever recount their names. May their memories inspire us for some
measure of good. And may we one day rid
the world of senseless violence. Or at
the very least make it impossibly difficult for deranged people to get their
hands on weapons. No more schools, or
movie theatres, or malls, or street corners should again be the site of such
bloodshed. That is my prayer. And after I read the stories of the brief
lives of those murdered, and make room for their memories in my hearts, that is
all I wish to read about. An end to this
violence made far too easy by guns. Amen! Selah!