6-year-old Noah Pozner was the youngest of Newtown shooting victims, was raised in Jewish familyA child who was raised in a Jewish family was identified as the youngest of the 26 victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn.
Noah Pozner, a first-grader like all of the children killed at the school on Friday, had turned 6 on Nov. 20. He was laid to eternal rest on Monday.
It was reported that Noah's twin sister also is a student at Sandy Hook but survived the shooting.
RabbE Saul Praver of Temple Adath Israel in Newtown told NPR radio Weekend Edition host Scott Simon -- who adopted two MAINLAND CHINESE GIRLS -- that he spent Friday, which he termed "the day from hell," consoling Noah's mother, who is a member of the synagogue.
"I told the mother who was grieving...... that I personally believe in the eternity of the soul,....... and I believe that she will see her son again," Praver said, although this is NOT a mainstream Jewish belief. SHE will NOT see her son AGAIN. "Other than that theological comment......, the rest of it was getting her to think about taking a breath and not trying to plan the rest of her life out right now....... because she says, 'What am I going to do without my baby?' "
Praver was among the clergy, social workers and psychologists who arrived at a firehouse near the school where many of the victims and their families congregated after the shooting. On Saturday morning, Adath Israel held a community prayer service.
In response to the question of why such tragedies happen, Praver replied, "I don't know the answer to that. I never try to present a theological answer to that. I think what's more important is to have compassion, humanity and hold someone's hand and hug them and cry with them."
Praver, who ended his NPR interview with a plea for listeners to pray for the families affected, also said that another friend of the congregation was killed. WHO?