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1 year later: we remember Mumbai

Wednesday, 18 November, 2009 - 9:32 am

moshe_hotzberg hanukah.jpgOne year has passed since the Mumbai terror attacks… We all remember vividly the hours of anguish and worry, the hours spent saying Tehilim (Psalms) praying on behalf of the hostages, the hours checking the news and hoping for a miracle…

Unfortunately, Gabi (29) and Rivky (28) Holtzberg were murdered brutally, as well as their guests, Norma Shvartzblat Rabinovitch, Yocheved Orpaz, Reb Bentzion Chroman and Rav Arye Leibish Teitelbaum. Hashem Yikom Damam, may G-d avenge them.

There was still a spark of light amidst the darkness: Sandra, the Indian nanny, managed heroically to save the 2 year son of the Holtzbergs, Moishele, and to flee the Chabad House.

The whole Jewish world was shaken. The answer to terror was clear: we would react with an increase of light, with even more efforts to spread goodness and kindness and change the world, one good action at a time. All of us, each in his or her corner of the world would carry on the legacy of Gabi and Rivky, who were known for their hospitality, their simplicity and their loving smile. One year later, 12318 Mitzvot (and counting) have been added in memory of the deceased. More than 500 babies have been named after the dedicated Shluchim and you can check the picture gallery here.

Today, Little Moishy will celebrate his 3rd birthday, and will get his first haircut. We all wish him Mazal Tov, and we promise to continue being at his side, and to always remember his dear parents.  

Check out this site dedicated to their legacy, with a video about their story (a must see), memories, pictures and more.

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