Obama sends condolences to Chabad


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Barack Obama sent condolences to the Chabad-Lubavitch community on the slayings of its emissaries in Mumbai.

Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg "were taken from us by terrorists with no regard for human life, and we must remain steadfast in support of efforts to bring the perpetrators of these acts to justice," the president-elect wrote in a letter sent to Chabad of Illinois director Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz in advance of a Chicago event that was held Wednesday in memory of the Mumbai victims.

"As you mourn and remember those we lost, you should know that so many Americans share your grief and pain," Obama wrote. "May their memories be a blessing."

The Holtzbergs were among six Jewish victims killed last week in the Mumbai Chabad House during a spate of terrorist attacks in the Indian city.

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