Take the Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Elementary School We Will Remember
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Live, Laugh and Learn. Live life to the fullest, it comes with no guarantee. Take the Sandy Hook Promise to honor the lives of 26 lost and to do everything to encourage and support common sense solutions that make communities and our country safer

It has been nearly two months since this tragedy hit so close to home, in many more than one ways, actually in more than twenty-six ways.

The Jewish tradition has it that the world stands on three legs: teaching, serving, and performing acts of kindness. One could ask why such a horrific event took the lives of those who were doing just that. I will not even try to go near those kinds of questioning or daring bring my personal thinking on a hint of an attempt to respond. I will not because I leave it to anyone’s belief system. I can just share my own.

I believe that it is our duty to do something in response to our pain and hurt, something that is positive, something that keeps us going and growing. In remembering the lives of those who were taken from this world and finding how they inspire us, because this is how they keep living within us, through the blessings of their memories.

I strongly encourage you to take the Sandy Hook Promise. I have done it a long time ago, even before Sandy Hook happened and I will continue to believe that I can change the world one person at a time, one day at a time.

Take the Sandy Hook Promise
The Sandy Hook Promise

A moment for Sandy Hook

Mug shot of the 27 victims of the Newtown, CT massacre

“The light of life is a finite flame.
Like the Shabbat candles,
life is kindled, it burns, it glows,
it is radiant with warmth and beauty.
But soon it fades, its substance is consumed,
and it is no more.

In light we see;
in light we are seen.
The flames dance
and our life burns down and gutters.
There is an end to the flames.
We see no more
and are no more seen,
yet we do not despair,
for we are more than a memory
slowly fading into the darkness.
With our lives we give life.
Something of us can never die:
we move into the eternal cycle
of darkness and death,
of light and life.”

~ in Meditations from Mishkan T’filah, a Reform Siddur