Urgent Message!

Thursday, 27 November, 2008 - 9:49 am

As you are surely aware, yesterday we witnessed a very calculated and horrific terrorist attack in the city of Mumbai (Bombay), India. You may have heard that the terrorists are still holding numerous people hostage at various locations in the city.
At this moment my colleague Rabbi Gabi Holtzberg and his wife, the Chabad emissaries in Mumbai, are being held hostage in their Chabad House. Their infant son has been released with the nanny, however reports indicate that the Rabbi and his wife, along with a few visiting Israelis, are still captive. Scores of commandos surround the house and it seems that a full-scale assault is imminent.

While everything must be done - and IS being done - by the security forces to rescue the hostages, we know that it is within the power of each of us to storm the Heavens and pray to G-d that this situation and the other ongoing, tense standoffs in Mumbai are resolved peacefully.
PLEASE say a prayer for Gavriel Noach Ben Freida Bluma, Rivkah Bas Yehudis (Rabbi & Rebbitzin Holtzberg) and all the others affected by this horror. (Here's a suggestion of an appropriate prayer; Psalm 20)

Don't stop with a prayer; please take it one step further and remember that a small act of "light" in one part of the world can dispel darkness wherever it may be.
Here are a few suggestions of mitzvot that we can do:
a) Give charity in their merit
b) Men: Put on Tefillin today; if you already did, see to it that someone
who hasn't yet, should.
c) Women: Resolve to light Shabbat candles tomorrow evening; if you already do, see to it that someone who doesn't yet, should.
Click here for more suggestions.

May G-d bring peace to our pained and darkened world! I look forward to reporting good news!
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