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The Dark Night

by Ilana Angel

July 20, 2012 | 7:12 pm

Aurora, Colorado

Last night my son went to a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.  As he sat in the theater enjoying the movie, a night of terror erupted in Colorado.  I sat up all night watching the news and praying for the victims and their families.  It is unfathomable that this has happened.

When my son came home I hugged him just a little longer, and just a little tighter than usual.  We send our children out into the world everyday and we have no idea what will happen to them.  I feel sorrow for not only the victims, but for the gunman and his family.  It is truly heartbreaking.

I join the entire country as we unite in prayer and support of those touched by this tragedy.  My heart is filled with sorrow that one human being can do this to another.  Use this senseless pain as a reminder to embrace those who matter to you and let them know that you love them.

We must be kind to not only those we know, but also to a stranger.  Extend your hand in kindness and don’t ever underestimate the power of a smile or a kind word.  The world is dark and only we have the power to bring it light.  This is a time of loss, fear and hope.  Loss of innocence, fear of the unknown, and hope that life will go on.  May God Bless us all as we struggle to understand.

Rest in Peace.

Keep the Faith.

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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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