Moshe Holtzberg, the 11-year old boy saved by his nanny nine years ago during the terrorist attack at the Chabad House here returned to that home on Thursday and - in the presence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - recited a prayer of thanksgiving to God for sparing his life.
Engraved on the wall in Mumbai's Chabad House are the words "a memorial to the past, testimony to a vibrant today".
Moshe, then only two years old, was saved by his Indian nanny Sandra Samuel.
The former bedroom of Moshe Holtzberg, the son of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, who was killed with his wife in the November 26, 2008 terror attack in Mumbai, during a memorial for the victims of the attack at Nariman Chabad House in Mumbai on January 18, 2018.
His parents had moved to Mumbai seven years before the attack to work at the Chabad House.
This is the first-ever visit by any high ranking Israeli dignitary to Chabad House, which reopened in 2014, and is likely to be partly converted into a Living Memorial.
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Holtzberg and the Israeli prime minister visited the boy's old bedroom. "The hatred that was perpetrated by the terrorists, but it also expressed tremendous love". How has the Jewish community taken to Moshe's Mumbai visit?
Moshe Holtzberg, otherwise known as Baby Moshe, who is visiting India for the first time after his parents were brutally gunned down by Pakistani terrorists in the infamous 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008, on Tuesday dropped by for an unexpected visit at the Chabad House, where he is going to attend a ceremony on Thursday.
Addressing the media after the event, Rabbi Israel Kozlovsky, who heads the centre now, said, "This place is remembered as a place of terror, darkness and disaster, will turn into a beacon of light from where the world will shine".
"Your parents showed love to the people and welcomed all to this house".
According to Rabbi Kozlovsky, little Moshe presented a replica of a holy book to the Prime Minister. "Turn it into a building that will be a source of light for the world", he said in a speech later. It was the Chabad House for the city, started by a young couple, Gavriel and Rivka "Rivky" Holtzberg.
Israel's Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon says Netanyahu, while interacting with leaders of the business community, suggested that they contemplate setting up R&D centres in Israel as many worldwide players have already done. On the top floor where the sites of the other terror attacks that swept through Mumbai are visible, a reflection garden will offer a serene spot recognising all the victims of the attacks. We would like to thank both PM Modi and PM Netanyahu for this visit. The memorial project will be opened to the public once completed.