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

Nosson!


By Eli Sanderson

As the past 4 days have slowly and painfully gone by, with Nosson on all of our minds, I have seen more & more how Nosson played a huge role in my life as well as everyone else who knew him. There are endless amounts to write about Nosson, none which will do justice- so I'll share a few thoughts of Nosson.

Almost 5 years ago tishrei, I came to CH for chol hamoed & the last days yom tov. The usual friends I would stay at where all pretty much full. I ran into a friend of mine in CH who's from out of town, visiting for the sukkos as well. I asked him where he was staying and he told me by his friend Nosson Deitsch. I asked my friend if he could ask this Nosson Deitsch, who I did not know at the time, if I could stay there as well. My friend asked, and right away Nosson said "Awesome, for sure!" (This is after their basement was already full of bochrim by the Deitsch's) I figured I'd sleep there, be left to do my own thing and go back after yom tov. Nope, not with Nosson there! During the last days we farbrenged in the sukka shmini atzers pouring raining outside with Nosson. From that sukkos, we started a friendship that would last forever. I remember just recently Nosson apologizing to me for that sukkos because he wasn't sure if I was comfortable enough with the bed I was given. Almost 5 years later HE was apologizing to ME just in case I wasn't comfortable enough! 2 years later I moved to crown heights and was fortunate enough to live on the same block as Nosson. During that time, I was called and texted by Nosson weekly to see how I'm doing & to go out together. Even more, if he saw the block was full with cars late at night, Nosson used to call me to tell me to ask if I had parking and if not, to please park in his driveway so I should have parking! We would spend a lot of time together even though he was busy learning a whole day in oholei torah zal that year, he always managed to find time for me, and everyone else as well.

Over the past 2 years, Nosson & I got very close; to the point I would call him a best friend. We would speak on the phone and text a few times a week. Just over 2 months ago, I booked tickets to Miami to spend the week with Nosson. The days prior to me coming Nosson would text me every night how excited he is for me to come. I came to Florida the day after purim. I told Nosson I'm getting in late & if he couldn't pick me up, I'd take a taxi no problem. Nosson wouldn't hear of it. He insisted he's picking me up, which he did. Only later than night did I found out he spent many hours driving back from the jewish inmates that night that he went to visit at prison, so they could hear megilla and experience a lebidik purim. For those next days that I was in Florida, which were the last I saw Nosson, it was some of the most memorable days. I was going to stay at hotel for my visit but of course Nosson insisted that he made arrangements already and that I'm going to the stay in the dorm with him. When we got to the dorm I asked him if the linens were clean in the other bed- with a big "Nosson smile" he looked at me and said; "Eli! I was about to have clean linens put on, but instead, I wanted you to feel like you're back in yeshiva, so no, I did not clean the linens!" Every morning I would wake up late and would have a text from Nosson saying that he brought me breakfast to the room and he's really sorry if it's not warm still. I couldn't understand- what's he apologizing for!? Every meal, 3 times a day, he would bring me. I would tell him, let's go out to eat, I'm only here for the week and he would tell me he wants to eat in yeshiva so he can learn after. But without fail, every night after seder, Nosson would take me out with all the guys to eat and to hang out. He was always busy- while we were going out, he'd be on the phone with a shliach to see if he needs help for a minyan shabbas, or calling up someone saying "Hey, how ya doing? Good? Bh, Aw wwwesome!"

After reading all the memories of Nosson here, I can't understand how he made everyone feel the same way, while at the same time devoting countless amount of hours to each and every one of us.

When I told Nosson that I want to come for my birthday in the end of iyar, he right away was the one telling me that I have to come & we're goanna have a blast. He lived his short life to the fullest. Never missing an opportunity to help another. At the farbrengen that was made for Nosson the night after his ptirah in CH, hundreds of friends got together and shared many stories. Almost everyone I saw there would say "Eli, Nosson told me how excited he is that you're coming." and I would have something to tell the other that Nosson recently told me about them. I last spoke with Nosson on Thursday night, 3 days before lag baomer. I asked him a question and he said he didn't know. I told him it's not a big deal at all. 2 hours later he called me up and said he found the answer. That's Nosson! Nothing stopped him- even with all he has gone through in his life, he always made time for others and made sure to put a smile on their face, which he did and continues to do.

As everyone knows, Nosson was a guy who was completely down to earth yet at the same time had the highest of standards for respecting people & chassidishkeit. I can't remember ever seeing or hearing from Nosson without seeing or "feeling" a smile on his face.

Nosson, we love you and miss you! Demand from the Aibershter & the Rebbe that moshiach should come now, so we can all be together with you again!!!

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