Monday, December 01, 2008

Tragedy strikes again for close-knit Holtzberg family

Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, Emissary of Chabad House in Mumbai

Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg with son Moshe. Moshe was released by the Mumbai terrorists before the horrific killings in Chabad House.

The tragic deaths of 29 year old Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, who opened and ran the first Chabad House in Mumbai, India in 2003, throws the spotlight on the Chabad-Lubavitch denomination of ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jews. The Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidim are a dynamic group within contemporary Judaism who set up houses of hospitality throughout the world whose particular aim is to foster a deeper religious awareness among non-observant or weakly-observant Jews.

The New York Times begins its story on the Holtzbergs:
For many Jews, they are homes away from home: Chabad Houses, welcoming outposts in foreign lands or across the United States, places to drop in to celebrate Hanukkah, Passover or weekly Shabbat dinners.
Read the rest here. 

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