Jews pray for peace for Mumbai terror attack victims at Gateway of India

December 26th, 2008 - 9:15 pm ICT by ANI  

By Anand Shrivastav
Mumbai, Dec.26 (ANI): Members of the Jew community assembled at the Gateway of India on Thursday to pray for the departed souls in the Mumbai terror attack during the last week of November. They also lit religious lamps in the memory of the deceased.
Grandparents of Moshe Holtzberg, the two-year old son of the Israeli Rabbi parents who died in the recent Mumbai attack were among the participants of this memorial service held at the Gateway of India and also at Nariman House on the eve of completion of one-month of the terror attacks.
The Rabbi, who conducted the prayer ceremony lit series of torch-like lamps while the congregation sang hymns.
Rabbi Kotlarsky, while addressing the congregation of mourners, said that instead of taking up arms in retaliation against those responsible for the gory death of the Jews at Nariman House and others elsewhere in Mumbai, they would just pray. They wished to relay the message of peace for the entire mankind.
Last month’’s (November 26) assault on Mumbai killed 179 people including a number of foreigners.
Moshe’’s uncle condemning the attacks said that the militants have played with the lives innocents and now it was the time to spread love and bring love to the whole world.
“It’’s time now to bring light around the world. Even if there is darkness you find the real way to understand that you have another way besides the terrorists. To bring light to the whole world just with love into the ways of all people,” said Simon Rossenvery, uncle of Moshe Holtzberg.
Two gunmen had stormed the six-storey Nariman House, a transit home for Jews and took eight people hostage, including the 28-year-old wife Rivka and child of Israeli-born Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg (29). The couple had come to Mumbai in 2003 to run a synagogue and conduct Torah classes as part of the worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch Movement.
The orphaned Moshe is now under the care of his mother’’s parents after his nanny miraculously rushed him to safety while militants roamed the Jewish centre where the family lived and worked.
Chintaman Waranj, another survivor at the Nariman House said that he was satisfied with the security men around his area now and there wasnt any fear left in him inspite of being injured in the attacks.
“India had won a cricket match that day and we heard some firecrackers being burst. We went to see that but later we realised some men were firing and in which a bullet was shot at my leg,” said Chintaman Waranj. (ANI)

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