By Ari Chitrik
Come to think of it…one cannot remember Nosson without his unique smile.
I will never forget the last time we met. It was early in the morning this past Yud Shevat when we bumped into each other on Kingston Avenue at about 6:00 AM.
He was coming from a farbrangen looking very “happy”. We were both sleepy...but for different reasons....
As I approached him I saw the corners of his mouth spread, and his eyes glittered with joy. “Good morning Ari!” he shouted and he began to say verbatim Perek 31 of Tanya.
Coincidently, that Perek exemplifies Nosson’s character:
The “Alter Rebbe” explains there, that no matter how concentrated and focused we are with our lives, we must always remember to be happy. One may occasionally become reflective and sad when going thru a stage of self criticism. Indeed, it might trigger some sadness, but this must be utilized as stepping stool to climb and ascend to higher and better things.
Nosson, I can only look at my children and be glad you were their friend. You cared for them and they watched and learned from your ways. You diligently learned Tanya Bal Peh with them and were the inspiration of all your mutual activities.
We will miss you forever.
השם נתן.....לנו את נתן...והשם לקח..... מאתנו את נתן