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.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

My cousin Nosson

By Nissi Deitsch

To describe Nosson in one letter is impossible, all I can do is to write a little about what Nosson was to me.

Nosson was the ultimate role model for any younger bucher, especially being his cousin growing up two years younger then Nosson; I could just look at Nosson and know where I’m supposed to be headed. Nosson always knew exactly the right answers about anything I would ask him, (which yeshiva to go to, what to learn etc.).

Just one quick story: my name is very similar to Nosson’s so people would mix us up some times. Nosson once substitute a 7th grade class in the Miami mesivta (upstairs of the yeshiva in Miami), the next morning one of the fathers (a nearby shliach) who was dropping of his son, runs over to me, and said thank you so much for teaching my son, he came home telling all these chassidshe mayses, and made us all take hachlotos... I knew I didn’t teach any 7th grade, and realized what probably happened, and told the guy "you probably mean my older cousin Nosson Deitsch".

This is only one story, but as his little cousin there were many stories where I was so proud to say that’s my cousin Nosson! Nosson was an inspiration to everyone around him (weather they realized at the time, or only realized later).

Just one note to the buchrim reading this blog, when you hear all these stories of mivtzoim etc. you might get the impression that Nosson was the type of guy running around to winter camps for two weeks or things like that, so I would just like to clarify:

This past year I sat with Nosson in zal day in and day out, and I can personally tell you, that mivtzoim NEVER took of time from his learning. Nosson would sit in zal from 7:30 in the morning till 10:00 at night straight, maybe leaving zal for all together an hour for meals, coffee, bathroom breaks, and phone calls. Any other of the 50 buchrim learning in Miami can testify to this as well. Nosson knew a buchers main inyan is limud hatorah, and that’s the main thing the Rebbe wants from buchrim. When you walked in to zal you couldn’t miss him, if you only heard one voice it was Nosson’s voice learning. (For a while I had a kvius with Nosson to learn the frierdiker rebbes mamamorim, and Nosson had a minhag that he would translate every word to himself in yiddish, at least during learning chassidus).

Nosson's life was torah; there is no two ways about it. For buchrim who are looking for hachlotos to take, (aside from Tanya bal peh, which was obviously one of Nosson’s main things in life) I think something along the lines of shkidah vihasmodah would be appropriate as well.

Obviously these are only a few points about Nosson, you can go on and on about his tanya, ahavas yisroel, tzedaka... and we would still only be getting started. But for buchrim I think the main "vihachay yitein el liboy" should be to try to poshut sit and learn the way Nosson did.

There is really no right way to end this letter, and no words to describe how much we miss Nosson, we just ask the aibeshter to give a nechomah somehow to Nosson mother, brothers, and sisters, and to have rochmonus on us and bring the geulah hamitis vihaslaymah taikef umiyad mamash!


  1. nissi im proud of you and that was a great letter nosson is having allot of nachas like he always did from you.
    hamokom yenacheim eschem besoch shar avlei tsion beyerusholiam

  2. Well written Nissy. the hachai yiten el libo is hitting the nail on the head. i hope all the bochurim take your idea seriously because it is seriously what was important to Nosson. thank you for writing it so clearly.

  3. very well written nissi.i cant emagine your pain.your 100% right about him sitting and learning,ill remember it forever.