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Little Moshe's tragedy

Updated on December 4, 2008


A two-year-old tiny toddler is left orphaned. His parents were killed by terrorists, when terror struck Mumbai, India, on 26 November. The 2-yr-old kid does not even know where his parents are. He continuously keeps looking for his parents, thinking someone will have the answer to his question: where is my mom? But, from prime minister to common man, no one has the confidence to tell the toddler that his parents have been killed for no guilt of their own. They were killed or they were tortured to death for being Jews will not be wrong.

The terror incident that struck Mumbai on that fateful Wednesday, 26 November 2008, left several houses ruined forever. One of the houses is that of Moshe Holtzberg. Moshe is the 2-year-old child of Israeli parents, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg (father) and Rivka (6-month pregnant--mother), who were butchered to death by the terrorists who entered the Nariman House, making the place a butcher house. However, amid this savagery, Moshe's Indian nanny was lucky enough to hide at one place, away from the eyes of the barbarous terrorists. When she noticed the little child calling her name, she sneaked out from her hiding place and grabbed the child and ran out. She became the godmother of the child by saving his life from the cruel terrorists. This way Moshe was saved.


Today, Moshe is alone, despite having his grandparents around him. But, who can take the place of parents? I don't think even God can take that place. What will be the future of Moshe? He has a brother who is battling for life in an Israeli  hospital. Moshe was the third child of his dead parents. The first child died after birth; second one is struggling in a hospital; third -- Moshe -- is little enough to understand the tragedy that has befallen him.

The sweet little kid has become the cynosure of all eyes. The world is praying for him. Israel has taken over the responsibility of the orpahned child. But, can anyone tell me: what was Moshe's fault that he had to lose his parents at an age, where one doesn't know the world, only parents are the world for a child at that young age. The little Moshe has lost his world; however, he has the entire world standing beside him, but the loss of his dear parents will never be filled even if he gets millions of hands in support of him.

Can anyone tell Moshe, why his parents were killed? Who will answer Moshe when he grows up? What will be Moshe's future, without parents?


God bless Moshe now and always. And also all those kids who were left orphaned on the fateful 26 November. Let the terrorists find no place to hide.


Moshe's tragedy

crying, wailing Moshe missing his parents
crying, wailing Moshe missing his parents
happy parents--Moshe's parents Rabbi Holtzberg and 6-month pregnant wife, Rivika
happy parents--Moshe's parents Rabbi Holtzberg and 6-month pregnant wife, Rivika
past days when Moshe was happy
past days when Moshe was happy
Moshe with father
Moshe with father
Moshe with grandma
Moshe with grandma
terrorist who probably killed Moshe's parents at Nariman House
terrorist who probably killed Moshe's parents at Nariman House
Moshe's deserted, terrorized house
Moshe's deserted, terrorized house


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