Daily Israel Report

"The Jewish People Cannot be Defeated"

Chabad rabbi whose wife was murdered by Gaza terrorists pledges his revenge - through acts of kindness.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/9/2013, 9:19 AM

Mirah Scharf (right)
Mirah Scharf (right)
Courtesy of the family

Nine months have passed since Rabbi Shmuel Scharf, then 29 years old, lost his wife Mira, 26, and their unborn child, who were murdered when Gaza terrorists fired rockets on civilians in the city of Kiryat Malachi. He and the couple's children were injured in the attack, but survived.

The Scharf family, who are Chabad emissaries (“shluchim”) in India, had been in Israel to attend a memorial for their fellow emissaries Gabriel and Rivka Holtzberg, who were murdered by terrorists in India.

Now Rabbi Scharf has revealed his plans for “revenge” for the attack. In an interview with Yisrael Hayom, he explained that after the fall holidays he plans to return to India with his children and to build a new outreach center.

The new center will be named Beit Mira after his wife.

“The entire building will serve as a reminder. Not just of the loss, but of the fact that the Jewish people cannot be defeated,” he said.

“The more they attack us, the more we will spread light,” he declared.

During their time in Israel, the Scharfs provided free Sabbath day meals for one hundred people each week. Rabbi Shmuel said he plans to do even more.

“Our decision to go back to work as emissaries isn’t meant to just continue the work we did until now, but do even more, to increase our activities,” he explained.

“The Lubavitcher Rebbe sent us to spread the news of redemption to every place on earth. So we need to put aside our personal pain and loss and continue forward,” he concluded.