In our community, many are remembering the lives lost in the terror attack in Mumbai, India. At the Chabad of Tallahassee, a memorial honored the victims and the mission of a Rabbi and his wife murdered at the Chabad Center of Mumbai. For Jews across the globe, including the Chabad House in Tallahassee--last week's attacks in Mumbai were deeply personal.
Wednesday night, Rabbi Oirechman took the podium expressing his pain, he stressed that light is the only remedy for the recent veil of darkness. "Our world is not...God did not mean for our world to be a place of evil, you know, a place of darkness and there will be a time when the world will be a much better place." said Oirechman.
The attacks in India killed well over 100 people including five at the Chabad Center in Mumbai. Among them were Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivkah who helped start the Mumbai Chabad from the ground up six years ago. The recent news of havoc at the peaceful outreach center was devastating here in the states.
Shalom Loeub, Assistant Rabbi at the Chabad of Tallahassee said, "Even in Tallahassee, people were extremely sad. Personally, I didn't sleep the night before--watching the news. Then after, on Friday, I just couldn't focus. My whole day was shot because it's down trodding you know."
Steven Rezwik, with the Jewish Federation said, "I am filled with the revenge type of emotion and as much as I try to get over it, I can't. So I come here to learn how to become a better person.
For 29 year old Rabbi Holtzberg and his wife Rivka--26, the Chabad of Tallahassee says they were among 4,000 Jewish emissary families around the world and it is their noble service that will be remembered over their tragic death. Their two year old son was saved by a nanny in the attacks which killed at least 171 people at ten locations in Mumbai.