The Israeli survivor of 11/26 receives a moving message from Prime Minister Modi at Bar Mitzvah
JERUSALEM: In a moving message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Israeli boy who survived the attacks of 11/26 in Mumbai, in which his parents lost their lives, describing his story as a miracle that continues to inspire everyone.
Tzvi Holtzberg was a two-year-old boy when his parents were killed in terrorist attacks in (also known as the House of Chabad) by Pakistani terrorists.
The boy, standing and crying among the bodies of his dead parents, was saved in a bold move by his nanny, Sandra Samuels, who was hiding in a room on the ground floor when the attack occurred. The images of Sandra holding the child near her chest after escaping the place touched the hearts of millions of people around the world.
As you make this important transition and cross an important milestone in the journey of your life, the courage of [nanny] Sandra [Samuel] and the prayers of the people of India will continue to bless you for a long, healthy and successful life, Modi He wrote in a message to Moshe, who celebrated his yesterday.
Bar Mitzvah is a ceremony performed for Jewish children at the age of 13 that some Israeli scholars compare with Upnayana or the thread ceremony. The young man turned 13 according to the Gregorian calendar on November 28.
His story continues to inspire everyone. It is one of miracles and hope that overcomes tragedy and immeasurable loss, the prime minister stressed in his message.
Modi, whose message was read by Sanjeev Singla, India's ambassador to Israel, said the perpetrators of the cowardly terrorist attack in Mumbai clearly failed in their intention.
They could not dominate our vibrant diversity. Nor could they moisten our spirit to march forward. Today, India and Israel come together even more determined against terrorism and hate, Modi wrote.
The Prime Minister also mentioned his meeting with Moshe during his trip to Israel in July 2017 and expressed his hope that his desire to return to Mumbai as director of the House of Chabad will come true.
In an emotional meeting with Prime Minister Modi on July 5, 2017 in Jerusalem, the young man expressed his desire to visit Mumbai.
I hope to visit Mumbai, and when I grow up, I will live there. I will be the director of our House of Chabad ... I love you and your people in India, Moshe told the prime minister who hugged the young man when he saw him.
Modi had responded by saying: Come and stay in India and Mumbai. You're welcome. You and all members of your family will obtain long-term visas. So you can come anytime and go anywhere.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu He then asked Moshe to join him when he travels to India, a promise he did not forget and the family accompanied him during his trip to India in 2018.
India issued 10-year multiple-entry visas for Moshe and his grandparents to facilitate his trip to the country in August 2017. Modi is said to have personally tracked the matter as promised to Moshe during his meeting.
Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists who carried out the attacks of 11/26 in Mumbai in 2008 also attacked the House of Chabad, where six Jews, including Moshe's parents, Rabbi Gabriel and Rivka Holtzberg, were killed. They were emissaries from Chabad to Mumbai at that time.
Netanyahu also posted a congratulatory video message for the 13-year-old saying: we know that life, revival and mitzvah arose from this tragedy. Now you are here with the love of all the Jewish people, the citizens of Israel and many, many people abroad.
The wife of the Israeli Prime Minister, Sarah Netanyahu, said: “Since you were two years old, you have been struggling to continue your life every day, but you are involved in the love of your grandparents and your family. All Israel is with you. ”
Holtzberg joined Netanyahu on a visit to India in 2018 when they visited the Mumbai Chabad House and dedicated a monument to the victims of the 2008 terrorist attack. They also recited a prayer of thanks to God for saving Moshe's life.
Moshe traveled to New York before Sunday night celebrations, where he had a ceremony related to Bar Mitzvah with his father's family and friends.