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Anniversary of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut (Sandy Hook Elementary)

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Bless and Remember the Children of NewtownHuffington Post  · by Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin -Original link from Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-robyn-fryer-bodzin/bless-and-remember-the-ch_b_4427946.html Hamal’ach Hago’el oti.The Angel who redeemed me from all harm-bless the lads. In them may my name be recalled, and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac. And may they be teeming multitudes upon the earth. (Genesis 48:16) These words are part of the blessing that an elderly and ailing Jacob offered his favored son Joseph. They are found in the Torah portion Vayechi, which will be read on Saturday morning, December 14th. Jacob wanted to ensure that his progeny would be protected and that they would remember those who came before them. The words of this blessing have made their way into bedtime rituals for countless Jewish boys and girls. The blessing is often sung when a child is already in bed, face washed and teeth brushed, in the arms of a parent or guardian, a…