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Rebuilding of Chabad House offers solace to grieving Jews

mumbai Updated: Nov 25, 2010 21:54 IST
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Frieda Holtzberg, mother of Rabbi Gavriel, killed during the Mumbai terror strikes two years ago, says that though she can never overcome the grief of losing her son and daughter-in-law Rivika in the attacks, rebuilding of the Chabad House has offered her some solace.

"It has been two years now that we lost our children. With God's help when Chabad House is getting rebuild now, I feel more ease in my heart," Frieda told PTI here.

"We are people of faith and we believe that everything comes from God. We must believe everything is for better and we must accept it," she said.

Rabbi's parents Rabbi Nachman and Frieda today lit candles and offered prayers in memory of their son and daughter-in-law and other victims of the terror attack.

Several local Jews, who joined the couple and offered memorial services at the Jewish Centre today, too echoed similar views.

Another local, Samsung Mosses, said, "this is a very emotional moment for all of us. Rabbi Gavriel and Rivki are unforgettable. It feels good that the house is being rebuilt and very soon all the services that he offered will be made available again."

"I used to meet Rabbi Gabi, Riviki (as they were fondly called) every Friday for having Kosher food. I was very close to Rivki we used to share lot of personal things. Also, whenever I came here, I used to bring mangoes for Moshe...he just loved them," Leena Karkera, said a local Jew and Resident Manager for MP State Tourism Development Corporation.

Leena, who got emotional while lighting candles, said, "Rabbi Gabi was just like my brother. He even looks like my brother, who is a teacher in Israel."

Apart from Jews, there were local people and school children who came to lit candles.

Chabad House, also known as Nariman House, one of the terror onslaught sites, still screams loud of the bullet marks, hand grenades and rocket launchers that were exchanged in cross-firing during the 45-hour-terror siege.