The Thanksgiving massacre

The Thanksgiving massacre

Like the Passover massacre in Nahariya, the massacre in Mumbai will be forever linked to a holiday, a joyous family occasion when people gather in peace and friendship. The contrast could not be more stark, or more telling.

The Jewish community, while sharing in the general horror over the murders of close to 200 people, particularly mourns young Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivkah – and is particularly outraged, or should be, at the absurd, vicious rumors that the Mossad was behind the terrorist attacks, akin to the lies about 9/11. See The post is a bit confused – the writer seems to think the Mossad killed Gandhi, too. See also Pakistan Daily,

But while we appreciate the ADL for once again leading the charge against out-and-out liars, its claim that “this brutal attack once again shows that terrorists single out Jews, be it in Buenos Aires, Bali, Tel Aviv, and now Mumbai” does not go far enough.

Yes, the terrorists chose to take Nariman House because it was a Jewish site. But in addition to that, it was a Western site. The other victims were clearly targeted because of their Westernness.

What this truly brutal attack shows is the antipathy some have to the entire Western world, its culture and, no doubt, its affluence.

Meanwhile, Rabbi Mendel Zaltzman, the youth director of Chabad of Fair Lawn-Bris Avrohom, has been circulating this message:

“As someone who had the privilege to have studied in Yeshivah with Rabbi
Holtzberg (may Hashem avenge his blood) in Crown Heights and to have been a
friend, I am stunned and shocked beyond words.

“At this sad time when we mourn the loss of this special couple who dedicated
their lives to the Jews of India and the many Jewish tourists who visit
there each year, there are no doubt many questions. We must at this moment
think what would Rabbi & Mrs. Holtzburg (may hashem avenge his blood) want
us to do, and what is best at this stage for their merit.

“I would like to invite you to a memorial service which will be held in their
memory here in Fair Lawn at our Chabad Center.

“Bris Avrohom of Fair Lawn 30-02 Fair Lawn Ave. Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Sunday, November 30th at 10:30am – please inform all your friends of this
service, it is important that the world knows that we care! The press has
been notified of this service!

“May G-d bring peace to our pained and darkened world, with the coming of
Moshiach, NOW!”