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UPDATE: Mumbai-Based Rabbi and Wife Killed in Terrorist Attacks
Chabad.org ^ | Nov. 28, 2008 | Joshua Runyon

Posted on 11/28/2008 9:43:39 AM PST by Alouette

Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, the beloved directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, were killed during one of the worst terrorist attacks to strike India in recent memory.

Jewish communities around the world reacted with shock to the loss of the couple, who were killed Thursday at their Chabad House during an apparent standoff between Indian military forces and terrorists.

Their toddler son, Moshe, managed to escape with his nanny some hours before Indian commandos stormed their building, known as the Nariman House, in the popular touristy neighborhood of Colaba. The Associated Press reported that the boy was unharmed, but was wearing blood-soaked pants.

"Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg made the ultimate sacrifice," said Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice chairman of Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch. "As emissaries to Mumbai, Gabi and Rivky gave up the comforts of the West in order to spread Jewish pride in a corner of the world that was a frequent stop for throngs of Israeli tourists. Their Chabad House was popular among the local community, as well as with visiting businesspeople.

"For five years, they ran a synagogue and Torah classes, and helped people dealing with drug addiction and poverty," continued the statement. "Their selfless love will live on with all the people they touched. We will continue the work they started."

The Holtzbergs arrived in Mumbai in 2003 to serve the small local Jewish community, visiting businesspeople and the throngs of tourists, many of them Israeli, who annually travel to the seaside city.

Gavriel Holtzberg, 29, was born in Israel and moved to the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, N.Y., with his parents, when he was nine. A prodigious student, Holtzberg was a two-time champion in a competition of memorizing the Mishnah, a compendium of rabbinical laws and enactments redacted in the second century C.E.

He studied at yeshivas in New York and Argentina, and as a rabbinical student served communities in Thailand and China under the Summer Rabbinical Visitation Program run by Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch.

His 28-year-old wife, born Rivkah Rosenberg, is a native of Afula, Israel. Chayki Rosenberg described her sister as dedicated to helping Jews.

She “gives lots of classes for women at the Chabad House,” Rosenberg told The Jerusalem Post.

Friends described her as always having a positive outlook and a kind word for everyone.

Two years ago, the Holtzbergs raised funds to purchase the current location of the Chabad House, a five-story building in Mumbai’s Colaba market area known as Narimon House. A trained ritual circumciser and slaughterer, the rabbi also conducted weddings for local Jewish couples in addition to teaching Torah classes and visiting with tourists.

His last known phone call was to the Israeli Consulate to report that gunmen were in his house. In the middle of the conversation, the line went dead.

The Holtzbergs joined the more than 125 people who were killed in the Wednesday night through Friday attacks, which saw dozens of suspected Islamic terrorists come ashore in Mumbai near the Gateway of India monument. The terrorists, carrying assault rifles and grenades, quickly fanned out to a central train station, the Chabad House and other tourist locations, including several popular hotels.

According to security services, the Chabad House was a pre-selected target.

A team of 15 Chabad-Lubavitch representatives in California, New York, Washington, Israel, India and Bangkok worked the phones throughout the crisis, spending long, sleepless nights awaiting any morsel of information and working to confirm at-times conflicting reports from the field. Hundreds of thousands of Jews around the world prayed for the Holtzbergs, saying Psalms in their merit.

The local police in Mumbai and the highest reaches of the Indian government got involved, but military assault teams first concentrated their efforts on the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, where hundreds of foreign tourists were either holed up or being held hostage. When they finally entered the Chabad House on Friday, they found that the worst had occured.

Rivky Holtzberg's parents, Rabbi Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg arrived in Mumbai early Friday morning to bring their now-orphaned grandson home to family.

To contribute to a fund established to aid relief efforts in Mumbai, go to www.ChabadIndia.org.

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.

A press comference will be given by Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, chairman of the Educational and Social Services arms of the Chabad-Lubavitch Movement at 12:30pm at the Jewish Children's Museum, 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: india; islam; jews; jihad; mohammedanism; mumbai; terror
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1 posted on 11/28/2008 9:43:39 AM PST by Alouette
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2 posted on 11/28/2008 9:44:09 AM PST by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: Alouette

Sad.Thankfully the child was saved.


3 posted on 11/28/2008 9:46:50 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Alouette

I’m heartbroken. Although it seemed against the odds, I had hoped the outcome would be different. More outreach from the RoP.


4 posted on 11/28/2008 9:48:31 AM PST by voiceinthewind
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To: Alouette

Its the religion of peace.


5 posted on 11/28/2008 9:52:02 AM PST by dinok
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To: All
Here are some things that you can do to honor the memory of the Holzbergs, and everyone who was murdered in this horrific attack.

Jewish women: light Sabbath candles tonight, and every Friday night. Bake challah.

Jewish men: put on tefillin

Everyone (Jews and non-Jews): donate charity to a worthy cause. Set aside some time for prayer, meditation, and Bible study. Perform a random act of kindness. Hug your family and tell them how much you love them. Send thank-you notes to our troops.

6 posted on 11/28/2008 9:52:33 AM PST by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: Alouette
senseless tragedy

i'm hearing at this very moment that the toddler turns 2 years old tomorrow

7 posted on 11/28/2008 9:54:08 AM PST by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (We're living in the Dark Ages.)
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To: Alouette

Sadness and Im sorry to say the response from the passivist “doves” on the left is going to be inadequate to fight the ongoing war on terror.


8 posted on 11/28/2008 9:54:49 AM PST by Lady GOP
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To: Alouette

I thought they survived last night Alouette but I have go to bed that soo sad POOR BABYYYYY


9 posted on 11/28/2008 9:58:26 AM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Alouette

may G-d avenge their blood.


10 posted on 11/28/2008 10:00:01 AM PST by ari-freedom (Thank you for everything!)
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To: ari-freedom

“may G-d avenge their blood”

GOD may not, but I’m SURE that Mossad is looking in to it.


11 posted on 11/28/2008 10:03:20 AM PST by tcrlaf (You Voted DEMOCRAT-You'll Look GREAT In A Burqa!)
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To: Alouette

Brokenhearted prayers for all who suffered at the hands of madmen.


12 posted on 11/28/2008 10:11:52 AM PST by Carley (Prayers for Sgt. Eddie Ryan)
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To: tcrlaf

the Mossad needs G-d’s help. Sometimes it is not always granted
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/11/25/iran.israel.spy/


13 posted on 11/28/2008 10:14:07 AM PST by ari-freedom (Thank you for everything!)
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To: Alouette

I’ve been praying a Rosary Novena for Israel for the past eight days. I will add my prayers to that Novena for the Holtzberg’s, their orphaned son and their families. I will also add my prayers to ask for blessings for Chabad, who must be devastated at the evil murder of such a fine young couple. May the Lord bless the souls of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg.


14 posted on 11/28/2008 10:16:54 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (RINO = Big government, blue blood, country club Vichy Republicans)
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To: Alouette
"donate charity to a worthy cause"

Last week I sent a donation to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. IFCJ does a great deal off good, espeically for poor and old Jewish people in Israel and helping new immigrants making aliyah.
15 posted on 11/28/2008 10:19:02 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (RINO = Big government, blue blood, country club Vichy Republicans)
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To: Lady GOP
The Indians and the United States, along with any otehr country that wants in, should tell the Pakistanis that they, the Paks, must deliver the terrorists on a list, within a week or less, or that we are coming to get them ourselves. Their choice.

I would expect the Indians, due to proximity, their numbers of dead and wounded, and availability of manpower, to carry most of the load, but we the US should watch their back as required.

Remind me again how we managed to get a presumptive President elect with the middle name of Hussein??

16 posted on 11/28/2008 10:21:56 AM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Alouette
Prayers for the families of Gabi and Rivki.

Ironic that the young boy, their son,
who escaped was named Moshe.

Gabi and Rivki were serving HaShem
and I'm sure they will know His salvation.

Two other American Jews were killed in a Cafe,
they were followers of New Age.

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach Adonai

17 posted on 11/28/2008 10:22:33 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: Alouette

G-d is the supreme judge. May the rest in peace.


18 posted on 11/28/2008 10:24:59 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Alouette

I saw on jpost.com that there are 17 Israelis unaccounted for in Mumbai. I’ve also heard that Israeli special forces will be sent there to aid in the rescue.


19 posted on 11/28/2008 10:25:17 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

May the fruits of the holy peaceful work of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg continue to redouble for goodness and peace in this world.


20 posted on 11/28/2008 10:29:00 AM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: Alouette
Maybe this is just Catholic ignorance, but is this the same Chabad that does the telethon in LA every year?
21 posted on 11/28/2008 10:41:58 AM PST by oldleft
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To: oldleft

Yes, Chabad-Lubavitch is a Hasidic group that has a very large outreach movement, where they try to bring in Jews who may have fallen away or just aren’t familiar with their faith. They have Chabad houses (like the one mentioned above) in nearly every country, even if there are little to no Jews who live in that country.

I’m sure someone else could answer that question better than I could, but that’s what I got.


22 posted on 11/28/2008 10:47:52 AM PST by PVT4evr (No Quarter for enemies, Foreign and Domestic (Operation Iraqi Freedom 2007-2008 3rd Infantry))
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To: Convert from ECUSA

Great organization. Rabbi Eckstein is a righteous man.


23 posted on 11/28/2008 10:50:27 AM PST by dervish (May God comfort the mourners)
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To: Alouette

I think a billion indians are angry very angry. Heard demonstrations are already started.


24 posted on 11/28/2008 10:50:30 AM PST by psywarrior
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To: Alouette

RIP.


25 posted on 11/28/2008 10:53:20 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Alouette

its Obama time.

Thank you Jewish libs.


26 posted on 11/28/2008 11:00:39 AM PST by hecht
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To: oldleft

yes


27 posted on 11/28/2008 11:01:35 AM PST by hecht
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To: Alouette

I’m guessing the Rabbi was part of the large Lubavitch sect of Hassidic Jews from the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.
The Hassidic Jews are one of the few good things left from old New York City.


28 posted on 11/28/2008 11:04:35 AM PST by Larry381 (The White House soon will be filled with BO)
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To: XeniaSt; Alouette

Thanks for the photo. A beautiful couple. I was afraid this would happen. Typically these terrorists would rather die than miss the opportunity to kill Jews, who in this case they had obviously targeted. They probably didn’t even wait for the commando raid.

Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

—Job 19:23-27


29 posted on 11/28/2008 11:07:45 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero; Alouette
I am strengthened by that verse
in Job, the oldest book in the Tanach.

It describes Yah'shua

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach Adonai

30 posted on 11/28/2008 11:16:01 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: tcrlaf

“GOD may not, but I’m SURE that Mossad is looking in to it.

“Vengeance is Mine. I will repay,” says the Lord. (Rom. 12:19)


31 posted on 11/28/2008 11:24:48 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Alouette
HaShem yiqqom 'et damo!
32 posted on 11/28/2008 11:25:56 AM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Vayigdelu hane`arim, vayehi `Esav 'ish yodea` tzayid 'ish sadeh; veYa`aqov 'ish tam yoshev 'ohalim.)
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To: psywarrior
"a billion indians are angry very angry"

Got to subtract the Muslims and the Libtards from that number. The Muslims are quietly savoring the "jihad" even if they say otherwise in public. The Libtards, zillions of them everywhere, are already wailing about all that "we" did to deserve it, blaming Bush, wondering how to grovel better before the jihad onslaught, etc. We had a preview of this here in the states with the loathsome, imbecilic remarks of Deepak Chopra on CNN.

I'm sure that hundreds of millions of Indians are very angry, but not all.... far from all.

33 posted on 11/28/2008 11:30:33 AM PST by Enchante (Countless Innocents in Mumbai, India Now Face the "Religion of Peace" in Action)
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To: psywarrior
I think a billion indians are angry very angry. Heard demonstrations are already started.

It was only a matter of time before the muzzies pished off a non-Western people who aren't burdened down with PC guilt. Well, Communist China is cracking down on them too, but they're Commies, and Commies always get away with stuff other people can't.

34 posted on 11/28/2008 11:32:56 AM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Vayigdelu hane`arim, vayehi `Esav 'ish yodea` tzayid 'ish sadeh; veYa`aqov 'ish tam yoshev 'ohalim.)
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To: Enchante

I am convinced that Deepak Chopra is an idiot after hearing him on CNN.

How can anyone follow this ridiculous charlatan?


35 posted on 11/28/2008 11:33:33 AM PST by Palladin (Obama on Ayers: "He's just a guy in my neighborhood." LIAR!!!)
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To: dervish
"Great organization. Rabbi Eckstein is a righteous man."

It is and he is. I've donated to IFCJ regularly for several years. They do many great works. Rabbi Eckstein is a real mensch!
36 posted on 11/28/2008 11:38:26 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (RINO = Big government, blue blood, country club Vichy Republicans)
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To: Cicero

“They probably didn’t even wait for the commando raid.”

The nanny (I had also heard “cook” - probably the same person) that got their child out had said that the mom and dad were “unconcious”. Seeing as how all the other places were just shot up quite quickly I imagine that was the case here as well.

Already on the news I have seen the hand-wringing of reporters “The commando raid seems to put the hostages in more danger...”, etc.


37 posted on 11/28/2008 11:41:20 AM PST by 21twelve
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To: psywarrior

Unbelievably, a BBC program on my local NPR station did about 15 minutes how response to these sorts of attacks ‘alienates’ Muslim youth in India.


38 posted on 11/28/2008 11:46:36 AM PST by sobieski
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To: Alouette

My sympathies to you, Alouette, and to all observant Jews all over the world who have been hit by this awful tragedy.

Be strong; be resolute.


39 posted on 11/28/2008 11:56:40 AM PST by Palladin (Obama on Ayers: "He's just a guy in my neighborhood." LIAR!!!)
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To: 21twelve

That is just nonsense. These terrorists were shooting people first and thinking second. They expected to die. They shot the guy who brought them water at the hospital, and they have shot people randomly all over the place.

The commandos did the right thing. It’s just a terrible thing that happened—and frankly that has been happening, more often than not, ever since Mohammed started teaching his followers how to be conquering bullies.


40 posted on 11/28/2008 12:00:45 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Alouette
Baruch Dayan HaEmet. Blessed Be The True Judge.

We have lost two beautiful young people today who were the light of the world. They were taken from us but their light will remain lit with us. Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg were among the most selfless and righteous people who just made a difference to others. We're all aggrieved today and we're sure G-d will avenge their blood in the time to come. And we also know as we mourn, that the greatest memorial to them is continue their work. This and more Chabad will do!

41 posted on 11/28/2008 12:03:58 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: XeniaSt; Alouette

Well, “Redeemer” is the word used for the Lord G-d of Israel in the Hebrew Bible as well, the G-d who brought His people out of the land of Egypt. Christians take it as a reference to the Messiah, but that was its original meaning.

Anyway, I don’t want to get into Bible interpretation. I think that passage expresses the ultimate hope in times of seeming injustice and despair.


42 posted on 11/28/2008 12:04:19 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Alouette
Here are some things that you can do to honor the memory of the Holzbergs, and everyone who was murdered in this horrific attack. Jewish women: light Sabbath candles tonight, and every Friday night. Bake challah. Jewish men: put on tefillin

You forgot one:

Blow up the Al Asqa Mosque.

43 posted on 11/28/2008 12:12:03 PM PST by montag813 (www.FreepShop.com)
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To: goldstategop

Amen and right on!


44 posted on 11/28/2008 12:23:58 PM PST by Convert from ECUSA (RINO = Big government, blue blood, country club Vichy Republicans)
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To: Cicero
Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky at Brooklyn Chabad HQs
is asking for money to raise Moshe from Mumbai.

Here

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach Adonai

45 posted on 11/28/2008 12:31:26 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: Alouette

I’m not Jewish but I believe that the phrase “May God avenge their blood” is the only appropriate one at the moment.


46 posted on 11/28/2008 1:24:03 PM PST by Witch-king of Angmar
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To: Alouette

Very tragic. Islam always seems to kill the good people first - people like this couple, priests saying Mass, nuns teaching - because Islam, unlike Judaism and Christianity, chooses death.

Prayers for these good people, and may life win.


47 posted on 11/28/2008 1:32:20 PM PST by marsh-mellow
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To: Palladin

My friend is a Pakistani living in Karachi, and one day while sitting on the steps inside his home, he saw a vision of Jesus. Jesus was standing there with a scroll in his hands, and he pointed to my friend, and said, “I have chosen you”. My friend was a Muslim, but he set out to find out “who is this Jesus?” Needless to say, he found a church and was converted to know the Lord. Yes, he did know of the hatred that Pakistanis have for the Jews, but he came to love the Jews and has been studying Hebrew. My friend risks his life to go to a church, and he went to one who had guards at the door, and the guard asked him questions, and when he told that he did have a Muslim father, they sent him away, but he still fights on at the risk of his life.


48 posted on 11/28/2008 1:59:13 PM PST by tessalu
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To: XeniaSt
Gabi and Rivki were serving HaShem and I'm sure they will know His salvation.

Were they Christians? If not, how can you be sure?

49 posted on 11/28/2008 2:01:54 PM PST by topcat54 ("Friends don't let friends become dispensationalists.")
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To: Alouette

“Rabbi Gavriel, Rivka Holtzberg and the others murdered...I heard another Rabbi was killed....

Hashem Yikom Damo.


50 posted on 11/28/2008 6:59:48 PM PST by blasater1960 ( Dt 30, Ps 111, The Torah is perfect, attainable, now and forever)
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