Of course the main news story today was the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, CT. This is too close for comfort. I have lived in two Connecticut towns, Huntington (1964-66) and Danbury (2011-12). They are twenty-five miles apart, and Newtown is right between them. In fact, I remember driving through Newtown, one Saturday night last winter (see my message from February 25, 2012). If that school was a few miles closer to Huntington, it could have been the place I attended in first grade.
For tonight the candles at the beginning of this message will be for the victims of this senseless act, as well as for Hanukkah.