December 2, 2008

President Bush Pens Letter to the Chabad Movement for Funeral

( As mourners and well-wishers from around the world poured their hearts out in sorrow as Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife Rivkah were finally afforded a proper burial in the Land of Israel, US President George W. Bush sent condolences to the parents of the slain couple, and to the Chabad Jewish outreach organization of which they were representatives.

Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Washington director of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), delivered a private letter from Bush to Noah and Freida Holtzberg, Rabbi Gavriel's parents. During eulogies for the slain couple in the Israeli Lubavitch-hub of Kfar Chabad, Rabbi Shemtov also read a letter addressed to the entire Chabad-Lubavitch movement. The letter was subsequently published on the group's primary English website,

The White House


December 1, 2008

Laura and I send our condolences to the Chabad-Lubavitch family and all those honoring the lives lost in this tragedy.

The compassionate individuals of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement dedicate their lives to sharing G-d’s teachings with people throughout the world, offering strength, hope and guidance in the unique spirit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of blessed memory. Through countless acts of love and kindness, the lost members of the Chabad-Lubavitch community in Mumbai represented the best of the human spirit, and their memories will live on in the hearts and souls of those they touched.

It is impossible for us to make sense of the violence of the Mumbai terrorist attack, yet we offer our deepest sympathy to the Chabad-Lubavitch community during this difficult time. We pray that you will be comforted by your fond memories of those lost, encouraged by their noble legacy, sustained by your faith, and lifted by the support of your loved ones.

May G-d bless you and all those affected by these horrific attacks.

George W Bush

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