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Jerusalem, Israel - 4-Year-Old Son Of Kedoshim Holtzberg Dies of Illness

Published on: December 30, 2008 03:25 AM
By: Haaretz
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[left] father of Kadoshim Reb Gavrial, [right] father of Rebbtzin Rivkah at Levy'a of 4 year old Dov Ber who died from illness[left] father of Kadoshim Reb Gavrial, [right] father of Rebbtzin Rivkah at Levy’a of 4 year old Dov Ber who died from illness

Jerusalem, Israel - Another tragedy befell the family of Mumbai attack victims, Dov-Ber Holtzberg, the four-year-old son of murdered Chabad emissaries to Mumbai, India, Rabbi Gavriel Noach and Rivki Holtzberg died at a Jerusalem hospital during the predawn hours of Tuesday from Tay-Sachs disease, the brother of Moshe who was saved from the terrorist attack in Mumbai last month by his Indian nanny, had been struggling with a genetic illness since birth. Over the past few years, while his parents and younger brother resided in the Chabad House in Mumbai, Dov Ber had been hospitalized at a nursing institution in Israel under the care of his grandparents. The funeral will begin at 10:00am at the Shamgar Funeral Home, with burial will taking place on the Mount of Olives, next to his parents and his older brother Menachem, who died from the same genetic illness. Moshe is the only Holzberg son not to be born with the illness. He currently lives with his grandparents in Afula, along with Sandra Samuel, the Indian nanny who saved his life by rescuing him from the besieged Chabad House in Mumbai. Meanwhile, a mass commemoration rally and the unveiling of the memorial stone for his parents, Rav Gavriel and Rivki, is scheduled for Thursday on the Mount of Olives and to mark 30 days since the deadly attacks in Mumbai transpired. The Chabad House was one of several places captured by suspected Islamic gunmen in the November 26-29 attacks. A commando assault ended the two-day siege, but all six people inside the building, including Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, were killed.


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 Dec 30, 2008 at 04:33 AM Anonymous Says:

oy ribono shel olom! I promise I will get better

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 03:53 AM Anonymous Says:

BARUCH DIYAN EMES

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 07:13 AM Anonymous Says:

May Hashem take DovBer lovingly in his arms and may he be reunited with his parents and brother in Shamayim. May Hasem grant nechama to the Holtzberg and Rosenberg families and all of the other mourners.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 07:11 AM Anonymous Says:

What can we say?

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 06:48 AM brain Says:

as I"m looking at this. is that hashem gave his good will for the holly "kedoshim" that their son should no more suffer

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 07:57 AM Anonymous Says:

No words, just more and more, endless tears. May Ha-Shem be menachem Moishele and the grandparents, and the whole family. May all our broken hearts and tears shatter the gates of Shomayim and bring Moshiach soon.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 08:07 AM ad mosai Says:

oy...dov ber will join his parents and brother menachem in gan eden. we can't wait to see you all, healthy and whole, when moshiach arrives.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 07:47 AM Anonymous Says:

what a tragedy!!!!!!!!

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 08:35 AM Cang Says:

His parents went up there and upon seeing how much their child is suffering begged Hashem to take him out of his misery & bring him up there with them. BD"H.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 08:30 AM Eli Says:

Nebech, no one to sit shiva after him....

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 08:28 AM Hudy Says:

It's the parents, the Kedoshim, who helped him from Up there that he shouldn't have to suffer anymore.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 08:26 AM Anonymous Says:

I can't bear to see this grandfather crying again. how much can one person go through in such a short period. BDE

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 09:46 AM Anonymous Says:

HASHEM... FOR HOW LONG MORE WILL YOU LET YOUR KIDS SUFFER??
SEND MASHIACH NOW!!!

BURACH DEIN EMES....

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 09:44 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Cang Says:

His parents went up there and upon seeing how much their child is suffering begged Hashem to take him out of his misery & bring him up there with them. BD"H.

you're not Hashem you wouldn't know the reason

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 09:38 AM Anonymous Says:

how painful, it is so hard to see the kids suffer
my uncle had 4 kids that died from tay-sachs its very painful for everyone around. these kids suffer so much poor neshuma
moishela was there nechuma when he was born healthy and now he stays here without his closest family

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 09:01 AM destro613 Says:

how many children did the Holtzberg have? The article implies they had a few kids with Tay-Sachs

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 09:48 AM doctor x Says:

This is a terrible tradged.. but let this be a lesson learned. All jewish people should be tested prior to marriage so this way Tay Sachs children won't be born.
There is a 25% chance of the child getting it.. BUT only if both parent are carriers.

YIDDEN PLEASE!!! check yourself before marriage.. DONT let your kids be your korbon.. Your ZIVIC is still out there!!!

Doctor X

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 10:11 AM Anonymous Says:

What can we do? Only tsheuvah & achdus so that moshiach can come

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 10:39 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Cang Says:

His parents went up there and upon seeing how much their child is suffering begged Hashem to take him out of his misery & bring him up there with them. BD"H.

If you know what is going on even in heaven, can you tell us where Bernie Madoff is hiding his money here on earth?

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 10:27 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Cang Says:

His parents went up there and upon seeing how much their child is suffering begged Hashem to take him out of his misery & bring him up there with them. BD"H.

That is exactly what I was thinking. I often notice that an older single person gets married shortly after losing a parent. I always think it is the niftar who brings it about. My own husband and I were married shortly after he lost a parent - and he was 42 yrs old. It was only one year later.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 11:04 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #17  
destro613 Says:

how many children did the Holtzberg have? The article implies they had a few kids with Tay-Sachs

The Holtzbergs had 2 children born with Tay Sachs. The first died I think about a year ago and the second just passed away.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 12:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Aibershter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please, please, please!

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 12:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #20  
Anonymous Says:

If you know what is going on even in heaven, can you tell us where Bernie Madoff is hiding his money here on earth?

in a time like this ALL YOU COULD THINK ABOUT IS MONEY?

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 12:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Doctor, nos. 17,

Many Rabonim dont hold of Dor Yishorim. So that might be the reason not everyone is tested!

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 12:11 PM MOSHIACH JEW Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

No words, just more and more, endless tears. May Ha-Shem be menachem Moishele and the grandparents, and the whole family. May all our broken hearts and tears shatter the gates of Shomayim and bring Moshiach soon.

"May all our broken hearts and tears shatter the gates of Shomayim and bring Moshiach soon". NOT SOON, NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 01:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Baruch dayan emes. May klal yisroel continue to grow in achdus, and may our achdus be a z'chus for the kedoshim, and their two sons who passed away.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 02:44 PM Chana Says:

Baruch Dayan Ha'emes

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 02:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Maybe this was not a tragedy? Maybe it's a relief for the poor kid from suffering in such a terrible way... why can't we just say thank G-D for releasing him from his torture... and not carry on like it was a tragedy and he should have lived like that for another l0,20,30 or more years... now the poor kid is in a place the he is at peace... so let's all start being a little honest and leave it at that

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 02:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #24  
Anonymous Says:

in a time like this ALL YOU COULD THINK ABOUT IS MONEY?

My remark was not about money. It was about the chochom who wrote a comment explaining why the child died.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 03:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #30  
Anonymous Says:

Maybe this was not a tragedy? Maybe it's a relief for the poor kid from suffering in such a terrible way... why can't we just say thank G-D for releasing him from his torture... and not carry on like it was a tragedy and he should have lived like that for another l0,20,30 or more years... now the poor kid is in a place the he is at peace... so let's all start being a little honest and leave it at that

Did you write that he might have lived another 10, 20 or 30 years with Tay Sachs?

If you know so little about Tay Sachs you really shouldn't be commenting.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 04:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Cang Says:

His parents went up there and upon seeing how much their child is suffering begged Hashem to take him out of his misery & bring him up there with them. BD"H.

how do you know?

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 04:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Anonymous #25 wrote: Many Rabonim dont hold of Dor Yishorim. So that might be the reason not everyone is tested!

Unless you are prepared to mention by name the Rabbonim who do not agree that Jews should be tested for Tay-Sachs before marriage, you are doing a great disservice and creating a stumbling block. I never heard that ANY rov was against it, as it prevents a lot of agmus nefesh later on. Everyone, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, should be tested. I know you want to be melamed zchus on the family, but since today we have the technology, there is no excuse not to use it.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 05:22 PM Kim Kubilus Says:

Anonymous #25 is not entirely incorrect. There are Juvenile and Adult forms of Tay-Sachs with much longer life expectancy. Although the Holtzberg children did have the classic Infantile form and would not have lived until their 10th birthday. Very rarely children with Infantile Tay-Sachs live until their 8th or even 9th birthday.

My deepest sympathies are with Moshe and his grandparents and extended family.

Kim Kubilus
Director of Member Services
National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association, Inc.
www.ntsad.org

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 05:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Meaning that if a four year old died from it he did not have the adult onset type.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 06:21 PM Anonymous Says:

It amazes me how so many people think they are god and can give the reason as to why

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 09:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #30  
Anonymous Says:

Maybe this was not a tragedy? Maybe it's a relief for the poor kid from suffering in such a terrible way... why can't we just say thank G-D for releasing him from his torture... and not carry on like it was a tragedy and he should have lived like that for another l0,20,30 or more years... now the poor kid is in a place the he is at peace... so let's all start being a little honest and leave it at that

Having been touched by a similar illness in our family, I can tell you that it absolutely is a tragedy. Who are you to decide that this family's loss is not a tragedy? Yes, the child is no longer suffering, and that is good - but it is still a tragedy.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 09:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Even if doctors claim a child with Tay-Sachs can't live very long, that doesn't mean that he couldn't be an exception. Also every day in this world gives one so many opportunities, even for a sick child, to serve Hashem.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 09:47 PM be-dema Says:

all i can do is cry
gevald!! gevald!!
shik shon moshiach!!
baruch dayon hoemes!!!

41

 Dec 30, 2008 at 09:39 PM BALEBOOSTAH Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

you're not Hashem you wouldn't know the reason

You Are exactly Right. WHAT DO WE KNOW?

42

 Dec 30, 2008 at 11:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Cang Says:

His parents went up there and upon seeing how much their child is suffering begged Hashem to take him out of his misery & bring him up there with them. BD"H.

Hey, if you can read Gd's mind, read mine too and save me the trouble of telling you how stupid people like you sound when they claim to know what Gd is thinking.

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 09:59 PM Anonymous Says:

may this be the last of our sufferings and the begining of the geulah

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 Dec 30, 2008 at 11:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Eli Says:

Nebech, no one to sit shiva after him....

You are so mistaken, we are all sitting Shiva for this child and his parents. This family will never be forgotten for they are truly what each and everyone of us should aspire to be. They put their own needs aside to make sure that the needs of the Klal were served first. Their dedication to H"K"B"H will serve as a guiding light and beacon to all of us who beleive, to show us the direction and way we should lead our lives. Let learn from these Tzadikim how to live our lives to the fullest and hasten the arrival of Mosiach so that we all may be reunited and know the full love of Hashem.

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 Dec 31, 2008 at 12:44 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #35  
Kim Kubilus Says:

Anonymous #25 is not entirely incorrect. There are Juvenile and Adult forms of Tay-Sachs with much longer life expectancy. Although the Holtzberg children did have the classic Infantile form and would not have lived until their 10th birthday. Very rarely children with Infantile Tay-Sachs live until their 8th or even 9th birthday.

My deepest sympathies are with Moshe and his grandparents and extended family.

Kim Kubilus
Director of Member Services
National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association, Inc.
www.ntsad.org

How do you know the kid had TS and not another disease? Were you familiar with the case?

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 Jan 01, 2009 at 02:35 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #25  
Anonymous Says:

Doctor, nos. 17,

Many Rabonim dont hold of Dor Yishorim. So that might be the reason not everyone is tested!

chabad absolutely holds of dor yishorim.

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 Jan 01, 2009 at 02:45 PM A.E. Says:

Reply to #35  
Kim Kubilus Says:

Anonymous #25 is not entirely incorrect. There are Juvenile and Adult forms of Tay-Sachs with much longer life expectancy. Although the Holtzberg children did have the classic Infantile form and would not have lived until their 10th birthday. Very rarely children with Infantile Tay-Sachs live until their 8th or even 9th birthday.

My deepest sympathies are with Moshe and his grandparents and extended family.

Kim Kubilus
Director of Member Services
National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association, Inc.
www.ntsad.org

I am the deputy director of nursing where the Holtzberg children were cared for and authored an article in a prominent nursing journal in August 2007 on Tay Sachs. I am not aware of any child with infantile Tay Sachs living past 5 years of age. 8 or 9 years seems unrealistic but if so I would appreciate it if you would post a reference.

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 Jan 09, 2009 at 03:27 AM karthik from india Says:

REALLY A GREAT TRAGEDY.I FEEL SO ASHAMED BEING AN INDIAN FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO PROTECT EVEN HIS PARENTS.EVERY HINDU'S PRAYER WILL BE THERE FOR HIS WHOLE FAMILY.COME BACK TO EARTH SOON,WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU EAGERLY.

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 Jan 09, 2009 at 09:37 AM Kim Kubilus Says:

Hi A.E.,
I do not have a paper reference but know the families. I'd be happy to discuss it with you more off-line. My email is Kim@ntsad.org. I look forward to hearing from you.

Warmest regards,
Kim Kubilus
Director of Member Services
National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association, Inc. (NTSAD)
www.ntsad.org

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