Father of Mumbai victim: Pain just grows stronger

Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg speaks at ceremony for terror victims at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

Holtzbergs 248.88  (photo credit: AP)
Holtzbergs 248.88
(photo credit: AP)
After the official ceremony in memory of Israel's fallen soldiers, a ceremony memorializing victims of terror attacks was held in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg, the father of Rivka Holtzberg, who was slain along with her husband Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg in the horrific terror attack in Mumbai in November 2008, spoke at the ceremony at Mount Herzl. "This year, my wife Yehudit, myself and the entire family, God bless them, joined the family of dolor, pain and incessant longing - and with every day that passes, the pain grows stronger," he said. "On the other hand, the faith in the Lord, the Rock of Israel, grows - and this gives us the strength to cope with all the hardship." Rosenberg and his wife are the closest remaining relatives of little Moishe Holtzberg, who lost both his parents in the Mumbai terror attack and lost his brother to an illness shortly thereafter. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also spoke at the ceremony. "Dear bereaved families," he said. "As a member of a bereaved family, I recognize and know your pain, the pain that accompanies the family members every day, and is not focused on a particular day or event. Today, Remembrance Day for the fallen of Israel's wars and those who fell in terrorist attacks, the entire State of Israel, bows its head with you and to you, salutes the fallen and embraces you." The prime minister said that the entire country stands with the victims' families and remembers and recalls the relatives who are no longer among the living. "Unfortunately, there were those among our children who fell this year as well, and again, parents, spouses, siblings and children - all numbed by the pain - have joined the bereaved," he said.