Amid Mourning, Noah Pozner’s Sister Handed President Obama a Picture of Her Mother Smiling

December 18, 2012 3:36 pm 22 comments

Noah Pozner with twin sister Arielle. Photo: Facebook

When little Arielle Pozner, twin sister of six year-old Noah, who was murdered Friday along with nineteen classmates at his school in Newtown, Connecticut, met President Obama on Sunday she handed him a picture that she drew: it was of her mother smiling.

“Obama was very kind. He thanked her and put the picture in his pocket,” Rabbi Sholom Deitsch of  the Chabad of Ridgefield, Connecticut told The Algemeiner.

“The President coming to share in their sorrow and share in their grief was really important to the family,” Rabbi Deitsch said.

Rabbi Deitsch has been meeting with the Pozner family since Friday, when news broke of the massacre. Very little smiling has taken place since then however, as the family–and community–has come together to support one another.

“He (Lenny, the father) looks like he is dealing with it inside. On a day-to-day basis he has his ups and downs. The mother is more emotionally outgoing. They’re a very loving family. The grandparents are there, the siblings are there, the uncles are there; relative to the situation they’re holding together pretty strong,” Rabbi Deitsch said of Noah’s family.

On Monday Noah was the first of the victims to be buried. Many in the Jewish community turned out.

“There was a wide range of representatives from the Jewish community there. You had Reform rabbis, Orthodox rabbis, Chabad rabbis. It was heartwarming to see that people care. This was obviously a personal tragedy, but also a tragedy in general, and it was nice to see people come out from the Jewish community.”

“It was heavy, it was emotional, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” Rabbi Deitsch continued, speaking of the atmosphere of the funeral, which took place at a funeral home in Fairfield.

Noah’s mother, Veronique, spoke briefly, saying, “You were light and love, mischief and pranks. You adored your family with every fiber of your 6-year-old being. We are, all of us, elevated in our humanity by having known you.”

“She spoke beautifully, she was strong, and it was pretty amazing to watch her make it through the sentences that she said,” Rabbi Deitsch said.

Rabbi Deitsch plans on spending plenty of time with the family in the coming week as they sit Shiva and welcome the community into their home to mourn the loss of Noah.

“I want to just be there on a personal level, not just to be there to answer their questions, but to be there as a friend, as a person, as a human being. That’s what’s needed the most right now–to feel that they’re not alone.”

After that, there’s the serious matter of healing the community as a whole, which will be as daunting, and possibly as insurmountable a task as it will be for the families who lost loved ones in the tragedy. It’s not something Rabbi Deitsch takes lightly, or ignores. “We have to do more, we have to add more, we have to do more to educate our children. We have to enhance our lives. We’re  getting calls from people. People want to do, and as long as it’s being channeled to bring light into this world, and especially into this community, the quicker, the faster, the healthier they’ll be able to heal.”

22 Comments

  • Not a day goes by that I don’t think of Noah. How I wish he were still with his family. I wish this for the other victims as well. His short life has touched so many of us – I will be grateful for each day I have been blessed with and will spread kindness to others in his honor. I love how his mom says how he is meant to “bloom in heaven.” Bloom Noah, bloom! :)

  • This little man must have a special purpose in Heaven. That is the only way I can get through the pain…to think of his purpose for God. So many people have commented on his picture, how he looks like their son or nephew. I, too, think he looks like my son. He has such a beautiful smile. I cry every time I see his picture or think about the massacre. I can only pray that this senseless tragedy has a higher purpose. God help us all when we start killing our children.

  • An atomized culture of hate and intolerance, coupled with a president who speaks about “taking people out” as his drones slaughter “beautiful little [Pakistani] kids”, contribute to an atmosphere in which the most impressionable and unstable individuals commit horrible acts of violence. The problem is internal.

  • I see so much of myself in little Noah. He reminds me of when I was a little boy of 6 yrs 20 years ago, curious to understand the world and conquer the challenges in academia and nature around me. A part of my heart has died knowing that Noah is no longer alive. My only consolation will be to raise and love my son as Noah was loved.

    Forever lost is my heart, I pray for Noah’s peace.

    Vishal

  • I have an 8 year old that resembles beautiful Noah. My heart is torn for this and every family that has endured life’s worst pain. I cry every day and try to lift my spirit. The only thing that gives me a tinge of peace is the outpour of goodness and tenderness and support the world has shown to these families. I am a doctor and have had patients cry more about these children then about themselves. Something must change. Boundaries must be made. How can buying Cuban cigars be illegal and buying automatic gun equipment not be? To the Pozner family, and to all the families suffering their loss, I hope you find peace in your hearts and support from your families and know that millions in the world cry with you every day.

    • Rose, I too, have a little one that resembles little Noah, and I too cry and pray every day or him, Veronique and his family. I faith from the above, but do not understand why…..

  • Very tragic! cannot believe anyone would dare to cheat a grieving family (or anyone for that matter!)

  • christine prosano

    When I was at work and heard at 10am of what happened I felt terrible. That night watching the news I didn’t cry but I knew I would cry when I saw the pictures. When I saw Noah’s picture first I let out a big cry. My nephew Robby is 5 yrs old and Robby & Noah look exactly alike. My nephew and niece moved to Florida this August because of the divorce between my brother & his ex. The pain of them leaving is terrible as I grown close to the kids when they were living in NY. Noah was such a beautiful little boy, like Robby. I cry all the time when I see his picture. God bless the Pozner family. It is such a tragedy for this beautiful little boy to be taken away so young as well as the other kids. My heart aches over this.

    • I totally agree… I am in Australia and I think of noah every day…. I am so drawn to him…. I just want to cry everyday…he just looks like the most amazing boy…..I feel so deeply for the family… I just hope he didn’t suffer…. You will always be on my mind noah xxxx

  • May god bless Noah & he’s family. It must be really hard time for them but be strong as a family that’s the most important thing you can do. Noah and he’s family are in my prayers & pray for them to have strength and peace.
    I don’t know Noah, but my heart breaks out when I see he’s picture & the sweet smile he has. Very cute smile indeed.
    Gods with you Noah & you are safe with your freinds & teacher too.
    May God Bless you all xxxxxx

  • This is unbearable! God should not make us go through this. Please God, make sure you take me before my kids! Please!!

  • this baby i love him so much don’t know him but he touch my heart he’s so beatufull i want to donate to him he out of all i don’t know he so sweet i love u little noah ill pray for the family

  • May Noah and all the other children and adults rest in peace. Even though time is a healer, the pain never goes away. My sister was 7 years old when she was killed by a drunk driver in 1971, and this tragedy brings back bad memories. May G-d grant you patience, healing and peace to your family. Baruj Dayan Haemet.

  • When I think of this tragedy, so many times each day, Noah’s face is the sole image flashing in my mind. I was honored to attend Noah’s service in CT and must tell you all, to see his mother speak so eloquently…healed me. It really did. I had hardly stopped crying since Friday at 4:24pm, when I had first heard about this tragedy. Then I heard about the youngest victim, Noah, a precious little Jewish boy…and as a Jewish young woman, living in NYC, only 70 miles away from him…I couldn’t help but imagine how much my future little boy(s) may look just like little Noah. Noah was shot 11 times, which I found nearly unbearable to take (when I read it, I could barely breathe), until I suddenly realized how much of a blessing from G-d it really was. We can be certain everyone, that Noah died INSTANTLY…absolutely certain. Also, for those of you who don’t know, his body was found wrapped in the arms of his favorite teacher, also killed. I am so, so very grateful and I thank G-d that little Noah was so blessed to have been comforted by someone he trusted so much, in his very last moments on this earth. I know I will never forget him. In fact, I have already begun my work to assist in changing our laws regarding firearms. It is my new mission, my purpose….in the name of Noah Pozner. Be grateful for those you love, for what you have…and cherish every day. I know I am. G-d bless each and every one of you reading this.

    • Thank you for your beautiful thoughts…
      May peace and joy fill your heart in the upcoming year.

      Much Love,

      Patricia

  • May G-d bring peace and healing – and for a VERY long time – to this grieving family. It will be a moment in their family’s generational life that will always be remembered. “G-d’s plans are not always man’s plans,” and often His will is beyond all human understanding. We must continue to strive to find meaning – which must mean solace as much as anything – in this tragedy.

  • We are not human being being having a spiritual experience rather spiritual beings having a human experience.
    Noah is back to being a spiritual being and having a spiritual experience.

    He looks just like my boys.

    Little Man lives in my heart and soul.

  • Noah is a beautifyl boy, I am so sad and I cry all the time.

  • Until I read this story, I was not aware Noah was a twin. As the twin of a young murder victim, Arielle may need specialized help that addresses the psychological impact of losing her twin. may G-d grant her and her family healing and peace.

  • Every time I see this blessed little one’s picture I just break down and cry

    • My heart breaks for this family and all touched by little Noah’s life. He has a beautiful smile and sparkle that even a stranger can’t deny.

      May G-d be with you and guide you as the sun rises each day.

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