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.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A LIVING EXAMPLE

BY CHAIM BORTUNK

Nosson Deitsch was a very smart young man. He would learn at all hours of the day and night in order to keep his brain stimulated and focused on what he knew and believed to be important. From the Tanya which he knew by heart, to the gemara, to the sichos of the Rebbe, Nosson made sure to learn it all.
But that's not what made Nosson the great person he was. The greatness of Nosson was his smile, his warmth, his love, and his caring nature. I was only with Nosson on very limited occasions, but he left me with something that I will never, ever forget, and that was his FRIENDSHIP. Did he need to run over to me with a huge smile the first time we met? Did he need to greet me with a warm, shining glow and ask, "Hey, what's your name, and how are you doing"? Did he need to give me the time of day when he really didn't have a clue who I was?
Of course, the answer is No, he did not. He could have reacted like most of us do. But the greatness of Nosson is that HE DID! He made it a point to make people feel like they belonged, like they were connected, like they had a purpose! Not because he had anything to gain by doing it, but because this was the only way he knew how to act! His hardships, his pain, his suffering didn't stop his illuminating smile; it didn't stop his will nor his drive to make everyone feel like they were SOMETHING.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe was so special, not because of all his learning or the miracles that he performed, for many great Rabbis have done the same. The Rebbe was special because he CARED! The Rebbe gave everyone the time of day, no matter who they were. The Rebbe made kids feel like they meant something to society. The Rebbe made us all feel WANTED! This was exactly Nosson Deitsch! Nosson, the guy who knew no frown, no anger, no bad!
Unfortunately, Nosson was taken away from us just a few short days ago, so where does that leave us now? We have cried bitter tears over his loss and will continue to be pained for a long time, but what's it all for? What can we learn from his amazing life?
Nosson left us on the special day of Lag B'Omer, which was in no way a coincidence. The theme of Lag B'Omer is AHAVAS CHINAM, which means to love your fellow Jew even when there is no logical reason why you should. THIS IS WHO NOSSON WAS! Nosson didn't need you, but he wanted you. He didn't profile you nor judge you. He saw into you. Nosson saw the neshama of every Jew the way the Rebbe did! Nosson was the epitome of what it meant to have unwaivering AHAVAS CHINAM!
I'm sure that Nosson would want us all to take a lesson from him and help him to bring Moshiach. We have to remember Nosson's attitude toward life and be reminded that that is what it takes to bring Moshiach. It takes our determination to smile when we are bothered, to love when we are angry, and to care when it makes no sense.
Let's all start by taking a look within our own families, with those who are our own flesh and blood. If we are able to take this lesson from Nosson and implement it into our lives, there is no doubt that Hashem will feel our pain and will listen to our cries and will finally bring about the complete and final redemption with Moshiach Now!
Nosson keep on smiling. WE LOVE YOU!!!

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