A Painful Duty: Consoling a Town Preparing to Bury Its Children


In the midst of all the grief of the past few days, some good has come.

Rabbi Shaul Praver, who sang Psalm 46 just before President Obama addressed the residents of Newtown, spoke of the “profound spiritual intimacy” which had been born there in the wake of the tragedy.

“At the same time we’re in a very dark place, we’re in a very sacred place,” he said. “Everybody, for the last two days, are brothers and sisters. You can hug strangers in the street.

“Everybody,” he said, “is so close to each other.”

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