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Moshe Holtzberg’s First Day of School


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Moshe Holtzberg's First Day of School

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On Monday morning, like many thousands of other Israeli kids, little Moshe Holtzberg, resident of the town of Migdal Haemek, about halfway between Haifa and Tiberias, went to school for the first time.

It was a happy ending and a happy beginning.

Little Moshe’s parents, Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, who was five months pregnant at the time, were murdered by Muslim terrorists during the November 2008 attack on Mumbai, India.

Their two-year-old son Moshe was saved by his Indian nanny, Sandra Samuel.

That’s a lot of history for a six-year-old to carry, along with his schoolbag.

But he looks ready for the big day. He looks well groomed and cheerful and loved.

Not a small thing.

Good luck, Moshe Holtzberg, you’re doing us all proud. And a little tearful.

Go ahead, run, run, don’t be late to school.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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