Leading Chabad Rabbis On The Tragedy In Mumbai
This is audio of a telephone conference all between 500 Chabad rabbis. The call is led by Rabbi Yehuda (Yudel) Krinsky, Chabad's de facto leader, who runs the organization with Rabbi Avraham Shemtov, who speaks in Yiddish at the end of the call. Also speaking is Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, a senior Chabad leader.
Rabbi Krinsky speaks about the need to help the yesomim (orphans), and later mentions a large incoming donation with much more to come, saying Chabad has to plan how to handle this situation – "I don't want to say utilize," Krinsky said, although that is clearly what he means.
Most of the call is about dealing with the emotional and theological effects of a tragedy Krinsky said none of them foresaw.
He mentions the late rebbe's response to the terror attack in Kfar Chabad, Israel that took place in 1956. Five students and their teacher were killed, ten other students were injured. Yad HaChamisha is the trade school built in Kfar Chabad as a response to that attack. It is dedicated to those murdered children. (I used to work for a branch of its office.)
To his credit, Krinsky says that Chabad will hire a "frum (Orthodox) psychologist" to help the children of Chabad shluchim (rabbis) worldwide deal with the trauma. Krinsky sys many of these children have been deeply effected.