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Mumbai Terror Attack (2008)

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Amid the madness a miracle in Mumbai A child stands crying in Nariman House
Recently the river of hatred changed course / And back to the East it is flowing / Out of India's billion inhabitants / Among the Westerners targeted to be murdered / The few Jews residing in Mumbai / Were especially singled out for the slaughter.
Through the smallest slat, a thin flame / dances like a candle's ghost / I see her small hands circle the flame three times / I see her husband's shoulder near, and children gather...
I wish I could explain to you / Why a nation burns in senseless hate / Why our shaken prayers and acts of kindness / Couldn't break the clouds of certain fate...
Pesha Leah Azoulay, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Holtzberg, when I spoke to you on Tuesday / You were so accommodating / "I would never want to be a stranded Jew in India" / Those were your words...
Perhaps if we reach into the fog, into the ashes / And drop a seed - a seed of the fallen / And fertilized by the pain and by the love / Perhaps a seedling of exuberant life and vitality will sprout and grow / Penetrating the haze
As I light my candles. I know. I know that in a house somewhere there's no one lighting...
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