By Y. Baumgarten
When Nosson was in Shiur Daled of Ohelei Torah he would learn Chitas (chumesh and Rashi) with me (I was in Shiur Alef). We didn’t agree on everything but that never in anyway impacted the special friendship he showed me. One small episode stands out in my mind from that period, which brings out how Nosson was always ready to do a favor for another. Once, when for a personal reason I didn’t want to use the local barber, he offered to give me a haircut himself. This, despite the fact that Nosson personally held that the barber was in the right! So that night I walked home with Nosson in the freezing cold, and Nosson gave me a haircut. Furthermore since it was so cold outside, Nosson then insisted that I must sleep over in his house.
Here we see a true Mentch, not only did he learn with me, a bachur a few years his junior, he respected me for who I was and made me comfortable both with the haircut as well as with staying over at his house. Of course this is all in addition to all that I have learned from him through learning Chumash and rashi every day together.