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05 Jul 2017

Baby Moshe, Mumbai terror attack survivor, meets PM Modi

Modi meets 10 year-old Israeli 26/11 survivor

During his 3-day visit to Israel, PM Modi has met Moshe Holtzberg, an Israeli-child who survived the 26/11 attack in Mumbai as a toddler.

Moshe was two years old at that time, and had lost both his parents.

He greeted Modi with a "Namaste, I love you,"; PM responded by inviting him to India.

Modi's decision to visit Moshe has elated the Jewish community.

In context

Modi meets 10 year-old Israeli 26/11 survivor

Moshe's story

Moshe's story of tragedy and survival

Chabad House was stormed by terrorists shortly before Moshe's second birthday.

Moshe, his parents Gabriel and Rebbeca Holtzberg, and other tourists were taken as hostages.

Moshe's Indian nanny, Sandra, was also in the building but managed to hide.

She later found Moshe crying in between his parents' bodies, grabbed him, saw an opportunity and fled the building.

Baby Moshe and his nanny Sandra are still close

Moshe's India nanny Sandra was granted honorary citizenship in Israel due to her bravery. After rescuing Moshe, she went back with him to Israel and lives within 100 km of Moshe. She is one of Moshe's favourite people.

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Moshe's life

Moshe's life after the 26/11 attack

10 year-old Moshe currently lives in Afula, Israel, with Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg and his wife Yehudit Rosenberg.

As of now, Moshe wants to grow up to become a Rabbi like his late father, Gabriel.

He is currently pursuing preliminary religious studies, and plans to return to Chabad House two years later when he would be 13.

Modi's move pleases the Jewish community

Reaction

Modi's move pleases the Jewish community

PM Modi's decision to meet Moshe was lauded by the Jewish community in Mumbai.

The present Rabbi of the Nariman House in Mumbai, Rabbi Israel Kozlovsky told India Today that the meeting between PM Modi and Moshe has elated the Mumbai Jewish community.

Moshe's guardian, Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg said that the meeting was symbolically important as PM Modi would be representing 125 crore Indians.

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