By Binyomin Weiss, COLlive
For most haredi experts, items exchanging hands between Lubavitchers and those who are known as ‘misnagdim’ can only be a sign of the days of redemption.
But that is exactly what Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg achieved through their heroic death by Islamic terrorists last week.
A Torah scroll that survived the bloody attacks on Mumbai’s Chabad House was temporally stored in the private synagogue of Rabbi Yosef Sholom Elyashiv, the paramount leader of Israel’s Lithuanian non-Hasidic Haredi Ashkenazi Jews.
A Zaka rescue volunteer who helped clean up the destroyed Chabad House has decided to place it in Rabbi Elyashiv’s shul at his home in the Mea Sharin neighborhood in Jerusalem.
The move was done after consulting with the Holtzberg and Rosenberg families, COLlive has learned.
When the Torah arrived, Rabbi Elyashiv reportedly asked to see the parchment where the words “acharei mos” (=after the death) were pierced by bullets.
The scroll won’t remain there for long, as Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg, father of slain Mrs. Holtzberg and resident of Afula in northern Israel, plans to return to fill the Chabad void in Mumbai and take the Torah with him.