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Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents were killed in 2008 Mumbai attack, celebrates bar mitzvah

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C-L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C-R) meet with Moshe Holtzberg (C), son of slain US Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg who was killed with his wife in the November 26, 2008 attacks on the Nariman Chabad house in Mumbai, and with other relatives at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem on July 5, 2017. The young Moshe was rescued in 2008 by his nanny following the attacks. A total of 166 people were killed and more than 300 others were injured when 10 heavily-armed Islamist militants stormed the city on November 26, 2008, attacking a number of sites, including the city's main railway station, two luxury hotels, a popular tourist restaurant and a Jewish centre. Modi is on a historic three-day official visit to Israel as the first Indian prime minister ever to visit the country. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ATEF SAFADI (Photo credit should read ATEF SAFADI/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents were killed in the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai when he was 2, was called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah.

Holtzberg celebrated on Saturday in his hometown of Afula, in northern Israel, Chabad.org reported. A party was held on Sunday night in Kfar Chabad.

“As you make this important transition and cross a significant landmark in the journey of your life, the courage of [nanny] Sandra and prayers of the people of India will continue to bless you for a long, healthy and successful life,”  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote in a letter to Moshe, COLLive reported. “Your story continues to inspire everyone. It is one of miracle and hope overcoming tragedy and immeasurable loss.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also sent a note of congratulations.

“We know that there is life amidst this tragedy. There is revival and there is hope,” he wrote. “You come now with the love of the entire Jewish people, all citizens of Israel and very many outside Israel.”

Moshe’s parents, Rabbi Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg, were the directors of the Nariman Chabad House when it was attacked on Nov. 26, 2008. Four other Israeli and American visitors to the house also were killed.

The Chabad House was among 12 targeted locations in coordinated attacks by Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamic terrorist organization based in Pakistan.

The child was dubbed “Baby Moshe” when a photo of his terrified-looking nanny running from the besieged Chabad House clutching the little boy was splashed on the front pages of newspapers around the world.

In January, 2018, Moshe returned to Mumbai, accompanying Netanyahu on a state visit.

In September, Moshe celebrated the ceremony of Hanachat Tefilin, or putting on the tefillin for the first time, during a ceremony in Stony Point, New York, and visited the grave of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

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