: Gabriel Sandler, 3, who was gunned down at point blank range in Toulouse was named after Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, who was murdered in Mumbai just before he was born. Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg said that he was informed of this by a member of the Sandler family.
The rabbi said that the murder in Toulouse brings back the memory of the terrible day, 39 months ago, when he lost his daughter Rivki Holtzberg and her husband Rav Gavriel Holtzberg. The fact that one of the victims was named for Gavriel makes the event even more chilling for him, he said.
With a shaking voice, Rav Rosenberg quoted Psalms 30:10, which asks G-d: “What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit?”
The rabbi then asked: “G-d, what do you want from our blood, which is being spilled all over the world?”
Rabbi Rosenberg thanked the Israeli government for bringing the bodies of the dead to burial in Israel. He called on people all over the world to join forces in fighting terror, and never to say “It won’t happen to me.”
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