This blog is dedicated to our dear friend, Nosson Deitsch OBM, who was tragically torn away from us on Lag B’Omer 5770.

Nosson was a one-of-a kind Bochur who influenced many people, from all ages and backgrounds. He had a perpetual smile on his face and an extremely generous heart. He would do the biggest favor for a friend with only a moment’s notice. All those who knew him feel they had a unique relationship with him.

There are many untold stories of his selflessness, kindness, and the affect he had on countless lives. Please share your story, so that others can get a glimpse into his unique character and towering accomplishments.

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Great Friend from Staten Island

By Yaakov Shemesh

Nosson introduced me to Chabad, he showed me what a true chassid is- someone who cares for every Jew like himself, who does everything leshem shamayim, who shows a warm face to everyone, who has emuna in difficult times, who loves learning and teaching Torah and Chassidus, and much more. Nosson and I met in the Chabad Yeshiva in Staten Island around nine years ago. I learned with him every week, we got to know each other very well, he taught me tanya, gemara. My brother Shalom also became very friendly with him, and would learn with him a lot. My father really liked him and always invited him to come over whenever he had free time. I remember I asked him how much a set of Tanya costed and he said they were on sale for purim in Crown Heights for half price, so he bought me an english set. I got so much out of that set and continue to. I remember Thursday nights we would have fabregnens and Nosson would always welcome my brother and me with a warm smile. He would make us feel as part of the Yeshiva. We would shmooze after the party about life and school. I slept over his house one Shabbat, we had such a great time. I remember on the way to shul friday night he would recite parts of Tanya by heart and teach it to me, just not to be mevatel Torah. We learned berachot together that shabbat, he gave me the enthusiasm to eventually be mesayem it. I remember each morning he would give a short dvar torah from the Rebbe after Shacharit. I just realized that this inspired me to do the same for the past three years in school. I saw true happiness in him, with his constant smile and giggle. After he left to London, I did not see him until last winter when I took a trip to Miami. I spent shabbat by the shul on 34th and I happened to see him there after five years. We were so happy to see each other that it felt like only a few days. We spent that shabbat shmoozing together in the shul and catching up. All my friends who were with me, immediately liked Nosson and became friends with him too. After that shabbat I took his number to begin learning with him from Staten Island each week. When I got back I called him right away and we started doing kiddushin/Tanya together each week. Over Pesach when he went to Virginia to help out with his brother's community there, we still kept in touch, and even though he was so busy he still found time to do chavrusa. I would tell him, if you’re busy just tell me, but he said no, I enjoy it. On pesach I had a shaila about a coke without a hechsher for sefardim, and I looked through my whole conact list for who do call, the only person I knew I could rely on was Nosson. He gave me a great answer, he said he is not sure but He thinks the only problem is kitniyot. Nosson was a true friend, I will always miss him. Nosson, Zecher Tzaddik Lebracha, Lechyei Olam Haba, will always be remembered for good in klal yisrael, and his inspiration will continue to affect us every day. His warmth and chessed, representative of the Rebbe, will always remain in our minds. Baruch Dayan Emet

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