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Virginia Tech: A Lesson in Mourning

Virginia Tech: A Lesson in Mourning

It's all about the pain.

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Published: April 18, 2007


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Visitor Comments: 17

(17) Forrest, May 1, 2007 7:52 AM

The good rabbi fails to mention the really wrenching pain and despair of the parents of the shooter. None of the parents of the victims will suffer more than they do.

(16) Carolyn Gillihan, April 26, 2007 9:58 AM

Good words

Thank you for your compassionate expression and the challenge to us to make something good of the pain we feel because of this terrible tragedy.

(15) Mike Shaw, April 25, 2007 5:06 PM

But channeled into what?

I agree; the helpless feeling of being in a room with a shooter and having no way to defend yourself must be horrible, much like the feeling we had in nazi death camps. But Rabbi, you never say what you would like to see those felings channeled into? Give a solution, don't just point at the problem.
I have to wonder what the shooter would have felt if, instead of the look of terror on his victim's faces, instead he was greeted with 32 well placed shots from pistol packing students in a society where we are free to defend ourselves? The university and the police aren't there to protect us, they are there to clean up and punish afterwards. That would put an instant halt to the shooter and to any copy cat shooters. And 32 innocent people would still be alive.

(14) Miriam, April 25, 2007 12:21 PM

A Lesson in Mourning

Hashem casts the shadow of darkness upon our lives in order that we may learn to love.For nothing is as gentle as strength and nothing is stronger than gentleness.We must learn that we are one and that we must LOVE each other.Reach out and comfort your neigbor.

(13) Anonymous, April 25, 2007 3:23 AM


Your words have helped us find strength to withstand the feelings of grief
following the shocking massacre of so many innocent lives. Though these
were perfect strangers to us we sensed the shadow of darkness which HaShem
shed on the families of those whose loved ones were summarily gunned down.
Perhaps better than most nations, we Israelis can feel the intense pain of
those families as they struggle with the loss of someone so precious to
them. We, too, wept as we recalled the loss of the fallen soldiers and
victims of terrorism this past Sunday. Just as this crazed murderer robbed
these college students of the life they so justly deserved so have the
hostile enemies surrounding our tiny land stolen from us 22,305 precious
souls.

The siren which momentarily immobilized us invariably brought to mind a
jumble of memories. Images of the past come and go. Some fade away .
Others are hard to erase from memory. Those that are most vivid in our
minds cause us to stop and think and rethink about the meaning of life.
Your words underlined that message.



Yes, it is a difficult period. The truly blessed are those whose anguished
hearts are able to withstand the feelings of grief when HaShem casts that
shadow of darkness on their lives.






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