Monday, December 29, 2008



by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

Last week’s posting showed us to look for the good. But when there is such a horrible tragedy as what happened in Mumbai, what good is there to look for? So many people murdered! The young Chabad rabbi and his wife were tortured and then murdered. Their two-year-old son, Moshe, has been robbed of his loving parents and is being raised by his Israeli grandparents instead. What a cruel thing to rip this young boy’s parents from him.

When we saw the video of Moshe lighting the Chanukah candles clinging to his Indian nanny we all cried. How can we find any comfort here?

Here is how. Thank G-d for Moshe’s miraculous escape. Thank G-d for saving him alive. If those murdering Muslims had had their way we would not have Moshe with us. But Moshe will grow up in the Holy Land, and he will become a brilliant, spiritual light who will overcome darkness wherever he goes. He will be driven to replace the evil that he has experienced with the goodness that his parents would have wanted him to bring to the world. His life will be a great, personal example of light overcoming darkness.

Hashem, please watch over our little friend Moshe, comfort him and guide him all the days of his life.

Also, take a look at that amazing, non-Jewish nanny who ran under fire to grab little Moshe and pull him to safety. She risked her very life to save this little boy. She has even left her own family in India and has temporarily relocated to Israel just so little Moshe will have a familiar, loving person to hold on to. G-d bless this gorgeous, Indian woman - a genuine, righteous gentle.

Surely our losses smother the good that we can possibly see. But we have to look at the good or we will not be able to go on. And this is what the terrorists want.


  1. very nice piece. i guess i'm way below your level. i still want to see the camps where these murderers trained blown to bits. anything associated with this vicious crime needs to be smashed. when that happens, i'll feel a little better.

    i also hope and pray that this little boy will grow up emotionally and spiritually healthy.

  2. i also agree w/chabad's intention to bring more light into the world after such darkness. i think certainly that is what the holtzbergs would want.

    i think all of us, in our own way should do that. i like the mitzvah camppaign that chabad started for this.

  3. Yes, let's light up this world with Torah, Tzedakah (charity), gemillut chassadim (righteous deeds). Let us light he world with truth that G-d is One and His Name is One.

    Poor little Moshele, Poor sweet boy. Poor US! We loose when we forget that Ahavat Yisrael isn't a fairy tale. And Rabbi and Rebbitzen Holtzberg were shining exaples of goodness, Torah and Emet. May Hahem avenge their blood!


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