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Mumbai, India - Chabad House to Receive New Rabbi

Published on: June 17, 2010 08:40 AM
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FILE - Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz (L) speaks with Chairman of Chabad network of international centres Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky as they visit the Nariman House in Mumbai November 25, 2009. Nariman House, home to the Mumbai chapter of the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish movement, was one of 10 sites attacked by gunmen during a 60-hour siege in the city that began on November 26, 2008. REUTERS/Punit ParanjpeMumbai, India - An Israeli couple will take charge of Mumbai’s Chabad House, a Jewish community center that has been without a permanent rabbi since the previous leader was killed in the November 2008 terror attacks, a Chabad official said Thursday.

Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz, who heads the Chabad Mumbai Relief Fund, said the new couple will replace Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg, who were among the six murdered during a spasm of violence that left the center scarred with bullet holes and grenade blasts.

Their infant son, Moshe, escaped in the arms of his nanny. In all, 166 people across the city were killed in the rampage.

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Rabbi Chanoch Gechman and his wife, Leiky, who have been making trips to Mumbai since 2006, will move to the Indian financial capital within a few weeks, the Chabad Lubavitch group said on its website.

Gechman, 25, was a student of Gavriel Holtzberg.

Mumbai’s Chabad House, part of an international network run by the Orthodox Chabad Lubavitch movement, served as a spiritual oasis, hostel and kosher food source for travelers. It also offered religious instruction to Mumbai’s tiny community of Jews, who settled here 2,000 years ago.

It has been shuttered since the November 2008 attack, but members of the Chabad community have continued to gather at another, undisclosed location.



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 Jun 17, 2010 at 08:58 AM Anonymous Says:

These guys are unbelievable I would be dead scared to move down there after that, kol hakovod lchabad

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 09:21 AM Anonymous Says:

Are they holding it for the son moshele?

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 09:21 AM Anonymous Says:

Doesnt anyone realize that we don't belong in places like this? Where is the heter to put himself into a sakana?

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 09:53 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

These guys are unbelievable I would be dead scared to move down there after that, kol hakovod lchabad

People thought that it was safe to go to work in the world trade center on 9/11 as well.....No guarantees....

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM Reply to #3 Says:

If your son or daughter was off the derech chv

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 10:02 AM Reply to #3 Says:

If your son or daughter was off the derech CH"V, and wandering that part of the world "seeking" like thousands others, I think you'd retract your sill selfish comment very quickly and apologize to these heroic soldiers of yisdishkeit to whom one neshama in a third-world country is the same as one in Monsey. You should feel the same too.

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 10:12 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Doesnt anyone realize that we don't belong in places like this? Where is the heter to put himself into a sakana?

you are wrong. "we" belong in any place where there are jews that need our help, and there are thousands of israelis who pass through india each year. kol hakavod to chabad and the brave shluchim all around the world.

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 10:38 AM Anonymous Says:

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Reply to #3 Says:

If your son or daughter was off the derech CH"V, and wandering that part of the world "seeking" like thousands others, I think you'd retract your sill selfish comment very quickly and apologize to these heroic soldiers of yisdishkeit to whom one neshama in a third-world country is the same as one in Monsey. You should feel the same too.

I'm not sure that Chabbad is putting them on a better derech

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 10:56 AM Reply to #8 Says:

Compared to what?

Are YOU doing anything for Klall Ysireol or just like to throw pot-shots at fellow jews?

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 11:41 AM Anonymous Says:

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If your son or daughter was off the derech CH"V, and wandering that part of the world "seeking" like thousands others, I think you'd retract your sill selfish comment very quickly and apologize to these heroic soldiers of yisdishkeit to whom one neshama in a third-world country is the same as one in Monsey. You should feel the same too.

You are nuts. That a reason why people should wander the world?

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 12:35 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I'm not sure that Chabbad is putting them on a better derech

A much better derech of ahavas yisroel then your self pompous ideology of sinas chinam and motzi Shem ra, 2 of the greatest aveiros!!!

FYI there is many litvacks and shtreimlach which have chosen to come closer to chabad and actually learn chassidus, so open up a Sefer chassidus chabad learn for a few days, go to a few chabad centers spend a few days see for yourself and then contemplate, while chabad may not be perfect but who is these days.. But to say this after rabbi and rebetzin holtzberg sacrificed their lives for these Jews which are falling for avodah zara.. Is really despicable... You should go to their graves and ask mechilah as well as to the grave of the
rebbe..
Btw what have you in your life to bring Jews back to yiddishkeit??? Which almost all gedolim litvish and chassidish say it is an obligation for all.

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 01:12 PM Milhouse Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Doesnt anyone realize that we don't belong in places like this? Where is the heter to put himself into a sakana?

1. That's exactly what Papos ben Yehuda told Rabbi Akiva. And you know how that story ended.

2. So where do we belong? Where is it safer than Bombay? Certainly not New York!

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 01:14 PM Kol HaKovad Says:

Wishing this young couple lots of blessings and success!
Kol HaKavod!!!

In the depth of my heart, i really envy all these shluchim, who give up there confortable lives, where they can have evrything they wish for, yet they move away to help, and be there for other Jewish souls in need.
G-d Bless you Chabad and your Rebbe!

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 01:34 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Doesnt anyone realize that we don't belong in places like this? Where is the heter to put himself into a sakana?

which poisek are you?

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 02:21 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I'm not sure that Chabbad is putting them on a better derech

Wow, I'm not Chabad but I'm pretty sure G-d will make you pay for this comment.
Beware and when it happens don't ask "why me"?

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 03:34 PM Mazal TOv! Says:

Congrats! It's defintly mixed feelings-somewhat bittersweet! We truly miss Gaby and Rivky Holtzberg and Their presence will always be missed forever, But I am confident that these new Shluchim will continue the legacy of Gaby and RIvky and make the Rebbe Proud! Mazal tov and good luck !!!

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 04:07 PM yankel Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Doesnt anyone realize that we don't belong in places like this? Where is the heter to put himself into a sakana?

Please don't move to NYc, as not only did the 9/11 catatstrophe happen there, but also there's a mosque opening in the are, plus NYC is in the news lately as the highest terrorist target in america.

Hatlzlocha to the shlichim!

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 11:39 PM smell the coffe Says:

If anyone thought for a second they would relize that now its the safesy place to be

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 Jun 21, 2010 at 07:22 AM musicluver Says:

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Anonymous Says:

People thought that it was safe to go to work in the world trade center on 9/11 as well.....No guarantees....

True, but there's a difference between SAFE & SAFER, and Mumbai isn't SAFER than Manhattan

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