Nov 15, 2012
Killed on Mumbai Anniversary
Left: Mira Scharf, obm killed in a rocket attack Thursday. Her husband Shmuel was badly injured. Bottom: Ahron Smadga obm

The victims of Thursday's attack in Kiryat Malachi were identified as Ahron Smadga, Yitzchak Amsalam, and 25-year-old Mira Scharf (nee Cohen), who was pregnant.

By COLlive Staff

Three Lubavitchers have been killed in a grad rocket attack on a Chabad neighborhood of Kiryat Malachi, Israel Thursday morning.

The victims were identified as Ahron Smadga, 50, Yitzchak Amsalam, 27, and Mira Scharf (nee Cohen), 25, who was 7 months pregnant.

Scharf's husband Shmuel was critically injured, as were their 3 children.

The Scharfs were active in the Jewish community in New Delhi, India.

Her funeral will take place Thursday at 8 pm from Shamgar Funeral Home in Jerusalem.

Today, Rosh Chodesh Kislev is the yahrtzeit of Mumbai Shluchim Rabbi Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg obm, murdered in a terrorist attack in 2008.

50-year-old Ahron Smadga leaves behind 3 children, a set of twins and a 2 year old baby, which were born after 14 years of marriage.

His funeral will take place Thursday at 8 pm from Nachlas Har Chabad.

Six others were injured in the attack, including two infants, one of them eight months old. An additional victim, a four year old boy, was taken to Tel Hashomer hospital in central Israel for treatment. along with his father. The boy was in serious condition, and the father in moderate condition.

Altogether, seven people were injured in the Kiryat Malachi attack. Six others were treated for shock in the attack.

Please say tehillim for:
Shmuel ben Chaya Sarah Yehudis
Yosef Yitzchak ben Mira Rut
Chana bas Mira Rut
Geulah bas Mira Rut

The victims were killed and injured when a Grad rocket hit an apartment building in Kiryat Malachi. The dead were among a large group that had taken refuge in an old building that suffered a direct hit from a Grad rocket.

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1
HASHEM???????!
BDE
(11/15/2012 10:10:23 AM)
2
ADDD MOSAIIIIII???!!!!!!!!!!!
I CANT TAKE THIS ANYMORE! WE NEED MOSHIACH NOW!
(11/15/2012 10:11:46 AM)
3
Chabad
The Scharf's were active in the Jewish community in New Delhi, India.
doing the Rebbe's Shlichut
(11/15/2012 10:15:09 AM)
4
shluchim of the Rebbe
The Scharf's shluchim of the Rebbe in Delhi, india
(11/15/2012 10:26:59 AM)
5
Tehillim
Please make it a habbit when you ask for the Klal to say Tehilim their should be right next to it the Tehilim or a link so we say it right away and dont forget, Thanks. keep up the good work
(11/15/2012 10:29:51 AM)
6
shlomo
H"YD
it only one solution moshiah - if not it very cheap&easy solution . like 6-7 million green card
(11/15/2012 10:30:19 AM)
7
Ohev Israel
Painful. Very painful. Dayeynu with pain. Time for Geula.
(11/15/2012 10:38:39 AM)
8
Shluchim
They were holy shluchim of the Rebbe. Boruch Dayan Emes!!
(11/15/2012 10:45:38 AM)
9
netanyahu! continue to be a hero!
i guess we will hear another great speach from netanyahu. we are proud of him right?
(11/15/2012 10:49:07 AM)
10
OY!
Hashem Hashem Kail rachum vechanoon! Please!
(11/15/2012 10:51:41 AM)
11
Ad mosai!!! Hachlatos!!!! in the interest of STOPPING THESE TRAGEDIES ALREADY!!!!!
Oy vey!!!!!

We must all do all in power to stop these tragedies!!!!!!!!!!!

althought the Rebbe almodst always refrained from justifying G-d's actions in tragedy
non the less the Rebbeh attributed unexpected calamities in our midst SPECIFICALLY
TO lack of Tsnius!!
..... .,.
yes as uncharacteristic of the Rebbeh to attribute specific causes to calamity & tragedy, re Tznius the Rebbeh took no chances & MADE THESE CONNECTIONS VERY VERY CLEAR - in the interest of protecting our community from harms-way!!!
(11/15/2012 11:01:46 AM)
12
Shluchim Of The Rebbe
On the same Yartzit as the other Shluchim !
(11/15/2012 11:01:54 AM)
13
reality
sad

it is hard and dificult to say this. but it must be said.

the Rebbe said numerous times that what happenes "here" reflects on what happnes in eretz hakoidesh.

the fact that many pepole and schluchim can not walk safely and freely in 770 including leaders and pepole who were put by the rebbe in postions of moisdois, this fact means that we have a lot of work to do on our end.

isnt it odd that after many years of rockets the first time anyone was killed as a direct result of a rocket were members of Anash? and on the yortzeit of holtzberg.

think about it.

signed a normal maschist
(11/15/2012 11:10:14 AM)
14
so sad
bde there are no words for the pain
(11/15/2012 11:16:12 AM)
15
we can do something!
The Rebbe said clearly that being careful
with tznius k halacha brings shmira protection to
yidden in Eretz Yisroel. So tehillim (neged tillim and )tznius.
(11/15/2012 11:22:33 AM)
16
just bomb gaza
Stop with the politics. Just bomb Gaza!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Any Israeli politician who is contemplating giving up any more land should be sent to Gaza to live.
(11/15/2012 11:34:01 AM)
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15 & 11 ty!
thanks for channeling us in a direction so that we can DO SOMETHING to stop these tragedies to our Machaneh!

fyi:

its not just the Rebbeh who links specifically Tznius to Protection

many mefarshim on the Pasuk "VeHayu Machanecha Kadosh" explain it the same way

that Hashem doesn't punish but rather REMOVES his protection from a group that has in it's midst the opposite of Modesty

similar to Mezuza being pasul = its not a punishment, its a natural affect of not having Hashem's protection R"L
(11/15/2012 11:38:58 AM)
18
Yitzchok c jerusalem
Hashem yinkom damam
(11/15/2012 12:04:11 PM)
19
Can't we SEE?!
3 Lubavitchers, including a Shlucha in India, are killed on Rosh Chodesh Kislev, on the 4th Yahrtzeit of Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg and the other Kedoshim!

If we don't believe in Hashem, then we can just close our eyes and consider it 'fate'.

We do believe in Hashem (we do, right?), isn't this clearly directed from above?! Hashem demands that we take notice! It's not just "another" tragedy.

Frankly, I'm shocked that in the face of such clear Gzeiras Hashem, in many places they are not even mentioning her Shlichus work in India! I'm a Shliach and I see the established mosdos as playing an important role, but when we have such clear, burning signs from above, we must unite and realize that there are much bigger things at play here.

If this doesn't immediately bring to a big hisorerus, a massive, collective cheshbon hanefesh (on many issues), then we are extremely mistaken. We are closing our eyes. And can not bode well for us, r"l. This needs to come from both grassroots, but also from people at "the top".

Every time there is a need for a true Hisorerus, and self examination, there are always those who throw up walls and pour kalte vasser. Don't listen to them. That is Maaseh Sot-n. It is a clear Halacha, and the Rebbe has mentioned this too, that when something like this happens it obligates us to take a serious accounting!

(11/15/2012 12:29:21 PM)
20
Shluchim of the Rebbe - Ahavas Yisroel
They were active Shluchim of the Rebbe doing work on behalf of all of us in India.
Can we say "yodeinu Lo Shafchu es HaDam Hazeh?
Please, Please all of us, Ahavas Yisroel.
The building in Nachalas Har Chabad is my family's building !!!!!
Thank you all.
(11/15/2012 12:36:37 PM)
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Agree with #19
I think everyone has to make a cheshbon - what can s/he do, where is s/he might be going wrong.

Saying "Tznius" points a finger at someone else. They're at fault, they need to fix themselves. I'm ok.

Yes, there is a major tznius problem. Yes, most people - even those who are ok in this area - can find room for improvement. But there are so many areas that need fixing. None of us are patur.

Everyone must do a personal cheshbon! Whether tznius, ahavas yisroel, achdus, etc.

May we hear only besuros tovos.
Moshiach now!
(11/15/2012 12:50:07 PM)
22
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may Hashem revenge all of them!! we cant take this anymore!!!
Moshiach noooooowwwww!!
(11/15/2012 1:02:54 PM)
23
Jew around the world
THIS IS A MESSAGE OF UNITY AND ACTION!!! Teach, reach, don't preach! Be the Jew who you need to be and your actions will end this fight for good! Amen!
(11/15/2012 1:10:15 PM)
24
what a shocking twist!
hashem yishmor!BDE may hashem punish the enemies of the jews and give strength to Israel to get thru these islamic terror attacks.
(11/15/2012 1:19:58 PM)
25
Post sources
Bsd
Many above comments discuss the Rebbe's views! Post the link, source, Hebrew and English, for people to learn for themselves, and then MAYBE it wil "hit home"
(11/15/2012 1:23:52 PM)
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OY! Please
I want to add that I agree with some of the comments. It's important to mention that she was a shlucho in India. No time for politics!
(11/15/2012 1:27:05 PM)
27
Unity
1. ACHDUS - AHAVAS CHINOM!
Enough of Machaloikes!
ONE UNITED KINUS HASHLUCHIM, ONE UNITED CHABAD BEIS DIN, ONE UNITED SHOMROM/SHMIRA, ONE UNITED COMMUNITY; ONE UNITED NATION IS OUR ONLY SALVATION!
2. TZNIOUS is directly connected to health (each know what they need to do)
3. MOSHIACH! WE NEED TO TELL THE WORLD THE REBBES WORDS AND MESSAGE.
WE ARE THE LAST GENERATION OF GALUS AND THE FIRST GEERATION OF GEULAH!

Consider this:

3 MAJOR Tragedies in our community in the past 4 years happen on Rosh Chodesh Kisleiv!
A day of Joy and miracles (on the heels of the Shluchim Convention)

1. The Mumbai Attack
2. Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin is convicted on the first anniversary of the Mumbai attack
3. A shlucha from India (visiting Israel) is murdered along with other members of our community early this morning in OUR LAND!

My Fellow Jews! My fellow Chassidim! HOW MANY WAKE UP CALLS DO WE NEED???

ITS TIME.

ITS TIME TO SAY ENOUGH! AD MOSAI!
ITS TIME FOR US TO TRULY WANT, AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT GETTING OUT OF GALLUS!
WE MUST UNITE AND PUT OUR DIFFERENCES ASIDE, WE ARE ALL TRULY ONE, EVERY YID HAS A NESHOMA - CHAILEK E'LOIKA MA'MISH!

IF NOT NOW THEN WHEN?
IF NOT A UNITED WE THEN WHO?

WE ARE CHASSIDIM OF THE REBBE AND HAVE A RESPOSOBILTY TO COMPLTETE THE REBBES MISSION TO BRING MOSHIACH!

UNITY UNITY UNITY
ACTION ACTION ACTION
GEULAH GEULAH GEULAH
(11/15/2012 1:29:59 PM)
28
Tznius &Unity!! Something we all can agree on!!
re unity, most of the dis-unity is a lot more noise than reality 99% of chabad are too bizzy to participate in these childish games by ha (noisy) handful of mecharchevei riv
..... .,.
the reality is that Ahavas Chinum is always a segula

but lets not forget that Dressing modestly = Ahavas Chinum since it prevents Tragedies like THESE R"L

Tznius brings Hashem's protection & blessings to all memebers of a community! what greater act of Chesed & Ahavas yisroel to dress in a manner that helps an entire community have Hashem's brachos & protection etc etc
(11/15/2012 2:11:59 PM)
29
its ok to be politically incorrect in order to save lives!!
re #11
your surely correct for bringing up the perspective from our "Rebbe" since Moshe Rabeinu is Hashem's mouth piece
however, you must be careful not to sound like your judging those who struggle with the YH of immodesty (despite that Torah teaches that immodesty causes the removal of h's protection etc etc to a community')

try to Judge the act without judging the person doing the wrong act

this is the way chasidus teaches us,

hate the sin not the sinner!
(11/15/2012 2:19:34 PM)
30
agreed the biggest Ahavas yisroel is via Tznius since it positively brings soo many blessings for the entire community
there are very few things an individual can do that have such a powerful affect on the entire good of a neighborhood as does Tznius


(11/15/2012 2:21:58 PM)
31
oy!
what a tragedy!
(11/15/2012 2:34:03 PM)
32
intelligent country
TO #9
we are great! most rockets were intercepted! and you know how much more intelligent one dome is than 100 rockets. besides only 1 out of 1000 of their rockets hit! the last time they got a direct hit was on a school bus, and only one child died. oh, and I forgot to mention all the launchers that we destroyed! and Hamas leaders! doesn't our prime minister learn from tragedy and take proper and timely action!
am yisroel chacham!
(11/15/2012 2:38:37 PM)
33
lack of tznius
is clearly our fault. we have the power to protect our bros in EY, and we are failing. and innocent babies are being killed for it.
so tragic. how much will it take to learn???
(11/15/2012 3:20:03 PM)
34
number#11 is corrrect
BDE
(11/15/2012 3:26:16 PM)
35
Our Celebration turned into Tragedy!
Rosh Chodesh, the same day that the our Rebbe's HEART was healed.

is the same day of the MUBAI TRAGEDY of murders, including Pregnant Rivki holtzberg a shlucha in India.

is the same day that Lubavitchers in israel are murdered, including Pregnant Mira Scharf, a shlucha from India

Our Celebration turned into Tragedy!

we need to fix our HEART.

we need AHAVAS YISRAEL NOW!
Moshiach NOW!

(11/15/2012 3:49:44 PM)
36
Hashem is Sending us Messages
First the storm (24 Chabad Houses damaged or destroyed), now this. So many calamities!
(11/15/2012 4:15:26 PM)
37
UNITY
19 AND 27 POINTS WELL SAID
(11/15/2012 4:25:06 PM)
38
we cant just sit and be sad
we have to do something, improve ourselves, daven for the safety of israel
(11/15/2012 4:28:36 PM)
39
SITTING HERE CRYING
how terrible, i just cannot fathom it. I cannot imagine any explanation for the pain we have to suffer but most importantly that this poor mans family has to suffer
YOU OWE US ONE BIG EXPLANATION HASHEM!
(11/15/2012 4:40:37 PM)
40
a clear message for achtus & ahavas yisroel..
Lubavitchers, including a Shlucha in India, are killed on Rosh Chodesh Kislev, on the 4th Yahrtzeit of Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg and the other Kedoshim!


Well said... to add to it two women, both pregnant doing the Rebbe's work have died with such a connection...

Hard to believe anyone can ignore that ....rather than pointing fingers and arguing who is to blame... look inside you and work on achtus and ahavas yisroel ....

The next time someone tells me they wouldn't daven "there" in 770 because they wont' daven with people who say yechi... i may lose it.. Get a clue... go to 770, daven, stop looking to be against others and pointing your finger and look inside u.. what have you done today to help do the Rebbe's work? Do more....
(11/15/2012 5:03:39 PM)
41
please donate
please give the sharf family in israel your help!
I would give it directly to the family...not to no organizations who will keep it for other projects....
(11/15/2012 5:13:06 PM)
42
7 Mitsvos
no place to run. its time to spread 7 Mitsvos

shluchim anas"h bochrim lets make the differences.

HY'D of the heroes who died for all of us. time for revenge has come.
(11/15/2012 5:20:12 PM)
43
oy vey
i dont know what to say. this is horrible.
(11/15/2012 10:45:03 PM)
44
oy vay!!
we need moshiach!!!
(11/15/2012 11:17:44 PM)
45
PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE!
When you daaven TODAY and EVERYDAY..
The Rebbe told us many times when you say the words "ES TZEMACH DOVID AVDICHA MEHAIRA SATZMIACH" and V'SECHEZENA AINEINU B'SHUVCHA L'TZION B'RACHAMIM say it with your whole heart and soul....! MOSHIACH IMMEDIATELY!!
(11/16/2012 3:09:50 AM)
46
no gr8ter Ahavas Yisroel than Tznius
since Tznius brings soo many brachos & brings Hashem's protection to all the ppl in a Machane

besides most of the (well publicized" machlokes is very very overblown & involves ver very small fraction of our overal poprlation

the reason it seems much bigger is bec it gets exaggerated publicity
but in reality 99% of mature functional ppl in chabad are too bizy leading productive lives to get involved in these petty machlokisin

the real obvious issue plaguing us is "self-esteem" issues which translates onto the street with nebach cases having little else to feel good about themselves & their lives R"L

we need to help them on the root cause level
(11/16/2012 9:33:09 AM)
47
true theres a difference between making excuses for H' & finding ways WE (my self included) can do our part to prevent further Bad news RL
its not our job to make up excuses for Hashem
however where the Rebbe specifically said there are things we in NY (& Chutz-Laaretz) can do to prevent blood shed & tragedies like these from re-occurring, we need to take his words seriously!

its for our own well being that the Rebbe alerted us as to WHAT WE CAN DO to stop such things & instead bring all sorts of blessings to our family & communities:

1. Daily Chitas Rambam (even 5min is better than nothing)
2. Regular du"ch ch"hn to Aseh Lecha Rav (personal mentor)
3. Make time daily to be involved in the chinuch of your kids (30min minimum)
4. Hidur in Taharas Hamishpach & laws of Modesty
5. Give Tzedaka daily,
..... .,.
we know the Rebbe can be trusted as Tachlis HoEmes!
(11/16/2012 9:56:11 AM)
48
Tznius Protects Jews In Eretz Yisrael!
The Rebbe always said after each terror attack about checking mezuzos. People got upset there also! How dare some Rabbi in Brooklyn blame this one or that one...

Today, we have a serious situation that didn't exist in Lubavitch with tznius. People used to run to dress properly! There was a certain excitement that is missing today due to attention to internet, cell phones, ipods and laptops.

Over and over and over again, the Rebbe discussed making a mivtza out of tznius protecting Jews in Israel!

It sounds like an odd way to win a war, but this is what Hash-m promises in the Torah. Even collecting hachlatos to do something more tznius would do so much.

You think I am talking to the stockingless girl in the street? NO. The problems with Tznius start (as Tanya tells us in Chapter 3) "the sinners get their nourishment from the aspect of the back of the talmidi chachamim".

My friends we have to conclude that the source of the tznius problem begins with US. As a famous story goes about a man who used to learn for 18 hours a day. Someone once asked him: "Why don't you learn a bit less and take a walk instead? This way you will be able to learn more. The man was shocked and replied: "Chas Ve Shalom"! If I learn less so the people who depend on me spiritually will learn less as well. Because I learn 18 hours a day, it enables the man who learns 6 hours a day. He then gives to the man who learns 2 hours a day who then in turn gives koach to the man who learns only half an hour. If I would learn less, so the people on the bottom who depend on me would drop off altogether...

Why are there no tznius projects in Mina's memory? This would be a fine "sefer torah" the builds strength from what happened. Tznius competitions in schools would be a fine place to start
(11/16/2012 1:42:29 PM)
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to 48
You are right. That would be a beautiful project to do in her memory. I am going to try to think of how do get it happening. I am not sure about a competition... but schools and high schools would be a good place to start.
(11/16/2012 3:51:13 PM)
50
...
YOU KNOW WHAT!? ACHDUS IS GOING TO BRING MOSHIACH. AND WE NEED MOSHIACH...
IF EVERYONE... I MEAN EVERYONE...
WOULD TAKE A GIANT STEP BACK AND ASK THEMSELVES:
"DO I WANT MOSHIACH?"

IF U DONT WANT MOSHIACH THEN..... */!!!-**!?????
IF YOU WANT MOSHIACH THEN YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SWALLOW YOUR EGO AND PRIDE AND HAVE ACHDUS WITH THE OTHER GUY EVEN IF YOU DONT FEEL THAT ITS NECECARY, RIGHT, POLITICALL OR WHATEVER THE HECK U THINK...
BECAUSE GUESS WHAT??? AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHEN MOSHIACH COMES, YPU ARE GOING TO LOOK BACK AND THANK YOURSELF AND EVERYONE ELSE THAT SWALLOWED THEIR PRIDE AND HAD ACHDUS WITH A FELLOW JEW SO THAT MOSHIACH SHOULD COME..

I REALLY HOPE THAT EVERYONE WILL TAKE THIS TO HEART AND DO ONE THING. ONE THING TODAY FOR ANOTHER YID EVEN IF IT MEANS PUTTING EVERYTHING ASIDE. BECAUSE WHEN MOSHIACH WILL COME IN A FEW SECNDS, YOU WONT REGRET IT!!!

AD MASAI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MOSHIACH NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(11/16/2012 4:03:05 PM)
51
We can help!!
We have to stop sitting around moping and do something! We have to improve our tznius and aha as yisroel, because that is all we can do! What else will Hashem have to do to make us see that we need to do better?!? If it is our job to bring moshiach, we better step up and do a better job. How much more innocent blood will be spilt before we see?!? Bnei yisroel, our brethren are suffering!!!!
(11/20/2012 12:10:17 AM)
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