Creditor pens prayer for Newtown victims

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Rabbi Menachem Creditor, an outspoken advocate for gun control, wrote a special prayer for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.

In conjunction with the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, the rabbi at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley wrote a version of “El Malei Rachamim.”

Creditor told the Times of Israel that a few dozen congregations and organizations were planning to recite the prayer, which used the traditional order and structure of the Jewish prayer for the dead, but changed the content.

“It is less calm, less accepting of what is happening in the world,” the rabbi told the Times. “The attention of the Jewish community has waxed and waned when it comes to this issue. We’ve lost the Jewish passion to demand gun laws.”