Report: Father Says Rivkah Holtzberg was 5 Months Pregnant
Rebbetzin Rivkah Holtzberg, the slain Chabad representative in Mumbai who was laid to rest in Jerusalem's Mount of Olives cemetery along with her husband Gavriel on Tuesday evening, was five months pregnant at the time of her murder.
Shimon Rosenberg, the grieving father of Rivkah, made the surprise announcement during his eulogy.
Rosenberg and his wife will continue to care for Moshe, the 2 year-old son of Rivkah and Gavriel. The Rosenbergs have acquired an Israeli visa for Sandra Samuel, the Indian nanny whose rescue of the Holtzberg's son was praised as heroic by several rabbis at the Holtzberg's funeral, including former Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau. Samuel will assist the family in caring for Moshe, who is described as having a strong love and trust for the Indian woman.
Rosenberg, who gave an emotional eulogy for his daughter and son-in-law in the Lubavitcher town of Kfar Chabad, praised the couple for drawing many Jews closer to the Torah and Judaism in life and in death. "Thousands of women on this past erev Shabbat lit candles because of you," Rosenberg cried. "It was Rosh Chodesh (the new month) Kislev. On that day, lights were lit around the world. Those who regularly do not did so for you. You are the cause of this achdut (unity). It must continue!"
According to reports, Rivkah's body was discovered wrapped in a tallit (Jewish prayer shawl). It is believed that her husband Gavriel covered her body as a final act before being executed by his captors.