At this moment, Rabbi Gabi Holtzberg and his wife, the Chabad emissaries in Mumbai, are hostages in their Chabad House in the horrific terrorist attacks on the city. Their infant son has been released with the nanny, however reports indicate that the Rabbi and his wife are "unconscious, but alive". Hundreds of commandos surround the Chabad Center and it seems that a full scale assault is imminent.
While everything must be done - and is being done - by the forces to rescue the hostages, we know that it is within the hands of each of us to storm the Heavens and pray to G-d that this situation and all other terrible current circumstances in Mumbai are resolved peacefully immediately.
PLEASE say a prayer for Gavriel Noach ben Freida Bluma, Rivkah bas Yehudis (Rabbi & Mrs. Holtzberg) and all others affected by this horror. We can not underestimate the power of prayer.
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. Do a mitzvah:
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, does.
c) Women: Resolve to light Shabbat candles tomorrow evening; if you already do, see to it that someone who normally doesn't, lights their own candles.
May G-d bring everlasting peace to our pained and darkened world!
7:31 PM in New Brunswick, NJ
Shabbat Ends 8:33 PM
Friday, 26 April 2019