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July 5, 2017 4:47 pm

Son of Murdered Chabad Emissaries Tells Indian Leader He Will Return to Mumbai, Follow in Parents’ Footsteps

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Moshe Holtzberg with Indian PM Narendra Modi and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. Photo: Screenshot.

The son of the two Chabad emissaries murdered during the co-ordinated Islamist terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai on November 26, 2008 — a date Indians refer to as “26/11” — told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday of his ambition to one day be the director of the Chabad center at Nariman House that his parents ran.

“When I get older, I will live there [in Mumbai],” said Moshe Holtzberg, now 11 and living in Israel, as he stood with Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is accompanying the Indian premier during his three-day visit to the Jewish state.

“I will be the director of our Chabad House, with God’s help,” Moshe said.

Moshe was rescued from the attack — in which his parents, Gavriel and Rivka, were killed — by his Indian nanny, Sandra Samuel, who earlier told The Hindu: “Moshe himself will go to India when he grows up. He knows Nariman House is his house, his father’s house and he will visit there.”

Moshe currently lives in Jerusalem with the family of his maternal grandfather, Rabbi Shimon Rozenberg.

Watch Moshe Holzberg with Modi and Netanyahu:


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  • Joy Daniels Brower

    What an enlightening and heartwarming report from Israel!! I learned SO MUCH that I had not known before about the Israeli-Indian relationship – and how vibrant it has become and promises ever more to be!! May God bless both countries and their peoples and may that friendship be a light unto the world!

    And the “piece de resistance” was little Moshe, now 11, and son of the murdered Chabad emissaries in Mumbai, greeting PM Modi with a promise to return to India when he’s older! Then PM Netanyahu promises to take Moshe with him when he pays a state visit to India next year! Just a GREAT story!