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Bullet Riddled Mumbai Torah Verse: 'Almighty Spoke after Deaths'

The verse in the Torah that was shot up by Mumbai terrorists reads: The Almighty spoke to Moses after the death of Aaron's two sons…."
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 12/2/2008, 10:15 AM

Yosse Yampel--ZAKA

The verse in the Torah that was shot up by Mumbai terrorists reads: "The Almighty spoke to Moses after the death of Aaron's two sons…." It is from Leviticus [VaYikra], Chapter 16, Verse 1.

The damaged Torah scroll was discovered when officials examined the Chabad House following the massacre of six Israelis by the Muslim terrorists who staged the mass slaughter at least 10 different places Wednesday night.

They saw bullet holes in the Holy Ark where the scroll was kept and then examined it to see if it had been damaged. The verse refers to Nadav and Avihu, the sons of the High Priest Aaron who died when they performed an offering that was not commanded by the Almighty.

The Torah states that the Almighty said, "I will be sanctified through those who are close to me," a statement that often is quoted following inexplicable deaths.

Among those murdered in the Chabad House were its rabbi, Gavriel Holtzberg, and his wife Rivka.

Their oldest son died at the age of three from a rare disease. Their youngest son, Moshe, was saved from murder when his nanny snatched him and fled the terror-infested building.

The Torah scroll arrived in Israel along with Rabbi and Rivka Holtzberg.