An Israeli Air Force jet landed in Israel last night with the bodies of the six Jewish individuals who were killed in the horrific bloodshed seen in Mumbai, India last week.
Thousands have attended various funerals here in Israel today. Here in Jerusalem the police helicopter flew overhead as mourners processed from the Ultra Orthodox neighborhood of Mea She'arim just outside the Old City.
The memorial services, held elsewhere, were attended by folks of all walks of life – including the polically motivated leaders who will soon be voted upon.
I guess I too have a bit more sadness in this disturbing event because the husband and wife team, Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, who lead the work at the Chabad House in Mumbai were the same age as my wife and I when we started our work as newly weds here in Jerusalem at The Garden Tomb.
The work they carried out is officially termed: emissary. They would be mainly administrators, examples of that which they identified with, and givers of care.
They must have been equally as enthusiastic and unequivocally committed to their work as we were – which adds to the deep senselessness their murder has.
The statements made earlier of unity and service, all without any vengeful comment, by Rivka's father after the confirmation of the young couples death – and their two year old's well being, impressed many. Loudspeakers at the funeral today blasted statements in contrast to those of this grieving father.
He strikes me as a man I would like to sit and listen to – one I could speak with – and his statement that he and his wife may head to Mumbai to carry on the work there is even more impacting.
They, and their loved children lost, have my respect.