Moshe Holtzberg, Whose Parents Were Killed In Mumbai Attack, Becomes Bar Mitzvah

Chareidi Jews attend a memorial ceremony marking one year since the death of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, at the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem on November 18 2009. Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka were killed by Islamist terrorists during the attack on Mumbai's Chabad House last year. .Photo by Abir Sultan / Flash 90.

Brooklyn,N.Y — Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg were killed in the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah by donning tefillin for the first time during a ceremony in New York.

This major event in the boy’s life comes more than ten years after the Nov. 26, 2008, attack when 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamic terrorist organization based in Pakistan, carried out a series of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks on locations throughout the Indian city leaving 164 people dead and hundreds wounded. The Chabad House was among the specifically targeted locations. In addition to the Holtzbergs, four other Israeli and American visitors to the Chabad House were killed.

Ten years ago, everyone knew the child who was then dubbed Baby Moshe, when a photo of terrified-looking nanny running from the terrorist-besieged Nariman Chabad House clutching Moshe was splashed on the front pages of newspapers around the world.

On Tuesday, Moshe celebrated the ceremony of Hanachat Tefilin, or putting on the tefillin for the first time, during a ceremony in Stony Point, New York, surrounded by family and friends of the Holtzbergs, Crown Heights info reported. He also helped a U.S. Navy Seal put on tefillin.

He also visited the grave of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, and put on tefillin there, according to the report. (JTA)

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    • This young man will never have a normal life. he was robbed of the privilege of having loving parents by murdering savages. B’H he is surrounded by hundreds if not thousands of loving & caring Yidden who consider him as their child, their brother. He will grow up to be a proud pillar of Yiddishkeit B’EH. Hashem & the Rebbe will watch over this precious neshama.


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