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Jerusalem - Moshe Holtzberg Whose Parents Were Killed In Mumbai Terror Attack To Return To Their Chabad House

Published on: December 31, 2017 10:00 PM
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FILE - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stands next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as they meet Moshe Holtzberg whose parents were killed during the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai at Nariman House, home to the Mumbai chapter of the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish movement, in Jerusalem July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Atef Safadi/Pool FILE - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stands next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as they meet Moshe Holtzberg whose parents were killed during the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai at Nariman House, home to the Mumbai chapter of the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish movement, in Jerusalem July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Atef Safadi/Pool

Jerusalem - The son of the Chabad emissaries killed in a 2008 terror attack in Mumbai will join Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a trip to India.

Moshe Holtzberg, 11, was three years old when his parents Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg were killed at the Nariman Chabad House in Mumbai when four terrorists entered and began shooting at those inside.  Four other Jewish visitors to the Chabad House were killed in the attack. Moshe was rescued on the day of the attack by the family’s nanny, Sandra Samuel, who ran out of the Chabad House carrying him. She later accompanied him to Israel, where he lives with his grandparents.

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In July, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel to mark 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries; it was the first visit to Israel by an Indian head of government. During the visit, Modi met with Moshe Holtzberg, who said that he missed India. Modi invited the boy to return whenever he wants to. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered to bring Moshe with him on his next trip to India.

Netanyahu will visit India on January 14 for an official state visit. Moshe Holtzberg is scheduled to accompany him.

Rabbi Nachman Holtzberg, Moshe’s grandfather, told The Hindu newspaper in an interview in July when Modi visited Israel that it is his dream, and he believes Moshe’s dream, that the boy will serve in India in the Chabad house in which his parents were killed.



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 Dec 31, 2017 at 10:51 PM Aron1 Says:

Sounds like exploitation to me. Let the kid grow up like a normal kid.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 12:42 AM BH-Baby Says:

Reply to #1  
Aron1 Says:

Sounds like exploitation to me. Let the kid grow up like a normal kid.

A normal kid?

An orphan who saw his father השם ינקום דמו‏ and his mother השם ינקום דמה‏ mutilated and murdered.

An orphan who became known from the international implications of his parents murders.

He never wanted to be in this place. He is a mensch. That is a kiddish HaShem. What an inspirational story of resilience conquering adversity.

A normal kid? Sounds like a super-normal kid to me.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 10:03 AM Anonymous Says:

"This is a Kiddush Hashem" Nebach, the next thing i will hear a SHLIACH to Auscwitz is a Kidush Hashem. The torah tells us never to go back to Egypt. (Jews for 1000 years didnt go to Spain)

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 10:03 AM Anonymous Says:

He is a Kid, not even Bar-Mitzvah yet.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 11:45 AM hashomer Says:

Reply to #1  
Aron1 Says:

Sounds like exploitation to me. Let the kid grow up like a normal kid.

He's a brave little guy, give him a break.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 12:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

"This is a Kiddush Hashem" Nebach, the next thing i will hear a SHLIACH to Auscwitz is a Kidush Hashem. The torah tells us never to go back to Egypt. (Jews for 1000 years didnt go to Spain)

Hey chuchem: the Rambam lived in Egypt for decades, how do you explain that?

Hint: the Torah does NOT tell us to "never" go back to Egypt.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 01:03 PM Butterfly Says:

Let's see what happens in 13 to 15 years if he still wants to go back. Physically yes. But mentally can he do it?

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 08:36 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Hey chuchem: the Rambam lived in Egypt for decades, how do you explain that?

Hint: the Torah does NOT tell us to "never" go back to Egypt.

Hey Ayberchuchem? The Rambam signed a letter stating he is ayver every single day on 3 lay Sese.. The Torah says it 3 time not to go to live in Egypt.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 10:57 PM Aron1 Says:

Looks like some of the commenters here don't know the meaning of the word "exploitation".
Here it is:
Exploitation (noun):
the action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work.
My point in Comment #1 is that I am taking to task the people who are seemingly exploiting this young, brave, not yet Bar Mitzvah, super-normal orphan.
After all he's seen and been through, the best thing is to try to balance things out and raise him like a normal kid.
Because that's probably what his parents would want.

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