Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a historic tour to Israel. Be it the place where he is staying or the people he is meeting, Modi has made headlines. The fresh batch of news from Israel talks about his heart-warming meeting with an 11-year-old 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks survivor.
Moshe Holtzberg survived the terrorist attack on Chabad House (Jewish center) in Mumbai in 2008. Unfortunately, both his parents were killed by the terrorists but 2-year-old baby Moshe survived. Before meeting the Indian Prime Minister he was “emotional and excited” but when the time came, he expressed his feelings with, “Dear Mr. Modi, I love you and your people in India.” PM Modi too kept his arms around the boy as he spoke about his parents and India.
The hearts of people are warmed in both nations seeing these two meet. Moshe was about to turn 2 when the attacks happened. His nanny, Sandra Samuels was hiding from the terrorists when she heard the baby cry. She found Moshe standing between his parents’ bodies and ran away from the building saving his life. Israel later awarded her with an honorary citizenship.
Moshe lives with his grandparents now and talks of coming back to Chabad House, also known as Nariman House, as a Rabbi when he grows up. His parents, Rivka and Gavriel Holtzberg, were serving as emissaries of Chabad in Mumbai. His grandfather said that they were quite moved when the PM of India showed interest in meeting them. Moshe has been invited by Modi to India any time he wants.
His grandfather, Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg informed NDTV,
Moshe will grow up to be a Rabbi and return to India to become chief Rabbi of Mumbai. He loves football.
The boy said he will visit Mumbai when he is 13 years old. Moshe’s grandfather said that they are planning Moshe’s bar mitzvah ceremony, an important ceremony performed when a Jewish boy turns 13, in Mumbai and he will invite Modi to the celebrations.