`We didn`t want to take legal route to rebuild Chabad House`

Kin of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, who was killed at Chabad House -- one of the terror-hit sites, on Wednesday said they did not intend to take legal recourse over rebuilding rights of the Jewish Centre.

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2010, 23:53 PM IST

Mumbai: With just two days left for the
second anniversary of the November 26 terror attack, kin of
Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, who was killed at Chabad House -- one
of the terror-hit sites, on Wednesday said they did not intend to
take legal recourse over rebuilding rights of the Jewish
Centre.

"We did not intend to take legal route, may be the
lawyers thought this was the resort to solve the matter. There
were some differences between the organisations and sometimes
to sort them out one has to knock the door of court," Rabbi
Nachman, father of Rabbi Gavriel, said.
Currently, Chabad House (also known as Nariman House), is
in the possession of a Receiver of the Bombay High Court
following a dispute between two factions of the Jewish
community.

The dispute is between Gavriel`s parents -- Nachman and
Freida Holtzberg, and Rabbi Yosef Kantor, over the rebuilding
rights of the property.

The couple arrived here last night for the scheduled
hearing tomorrow.

Chabad House is run by a New York-based Orthodox Jewish
organisation called Chabad Lubavitch. After the dastardly
attacks, the Lubavitch movement named Kantor as its official,
responsible for rebuilding and raising funds for the Jewish
Centre.

The paternal grandparents of baby Moshe also clarified
that there is no dispute and their desire is to rebuild the
Chabad House as early as possible.

"We all are one...we are brothers. There is no fight.
This is really painful that the matter is in court?in front of
the public. We just want to rebuild the Chabad house at the
earliest," Rabbi Nachman said.
A large notice announcing -- the property is now in
the possession of the Receiver of the Bombay High Court, has
been pasted at the front of the building. With this dispute
the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had to disconnect
the electricity and water supply to the building.

During the 45-hour terror siege at the Jewish Centre,
two Pakistani terrorists killed six of its occupants,
including Rabbi and his five months pregnant wife, Rivka.
Their son Moshe, who was then two-year-old, survived the
attack after being rescued by Indian nanny, Sandra Samuel.

"We intend to bring back the lightness that Gabi and
Rivki spread here," Nachman said.

Meanwhile, the grandparents in memory of Rabbi
Gavriel, his wife Rivka and other victims will light candles
at the Chabad House tomorrow.

"The service will be conducted at 11 am tomorrow. It
will be like an open house where people can come in and light
candles," Rabbi Nachman said.

PTI