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.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Nosson's Smile

By Reuven Giter

OY NOSSON NOSSON,
As I sit here writing this, I can't hold back my tears.
I don't understand this at all.
I don't have any answers, because there are none, till Moshiach comes and we will be reunited again.
I think about how you would want me to act when things were sour and looked absolutely miserable without any sight of light at the end of the tunnel,
"Just smile, its good, just think positive" but its too hard, I can't bear the pain of not seeing you and not being able to "chill together".
The very sad, and unbelievable fact that you are no longer here to smile at me and to everybody that you loved so much,
has still not settled in and will never settle in, it can't be, just can't.
You always had a smile and always had something nice to say to everyone that you came in contact with.
I will never forget, how the year after the passing of your father; Reb Zalman Yuda Z"L, you came to camp with astounding vigor and passion.
When you lost your father I'm sure it was not easy for you, and I can’t imagine what it's like.
But you surely did not let it get you down, the way you bounced back, with force and fervor, mirrored the great character you were.
When I asked you, Nosson how are you doing this? How will you be able to cope with this while being in camp?
Without hesitation I got a big smile and a pad on the back, Reuven You gotta do what you gotta do!
And instead of me encouraging you, you encouraged me, "From where did you get these koichois" I ask myself.
You kept on moving and rolling and continued to smile and inspire everyone, including your campers and fellow staff.
You were a ball of chayus, and the amount of energy you had for being a chossid and the best Chossid you could be, that was you Nosson.
I still laugh sometimes when I think about how meshugeh you made the kids in camp that they have as much chayus as you and how you made sure they were having a good time and that they were jumping up and down with you every opportunity they had.
You took interest in kids that you weren't even responsible for, they weren't in your bunk, they were in a totally different program in camp,
let alone on the other side of camp.
You constantly asked me how's this kid doing?
How's that kid doing? How can I help? You took them aside and spoke to them and gave them the love and care they so much needed.
You really didn't have to, it wasn't part of your job, you really didn't have to have anything to do with them,
they didn't even have to exist in your book, after all, you're so busy with your own bunk and everything else you were doing.
You were so busy with making sure your campers were taken care of and were having a great time, how did you find time to worry about some young bochur/teenager on the other side of camp enough to come over to me almost every day and ask how you can help?
Yes, you knew it was difficult for me, being that I was understaffed, but you took personal interest in coming over to me EVERY day and asked
how you can help? That made a tremendous impression on me anc changed the way I used to think. Its not about you.
It's about how can I be there for someone else.
I will never forget when, I came to California during a visit, it was while you were a Shliach in Y.O.E.C. in LA, just last year.
I didn't want to disturb Seder which was going on at the time, so I was pacing outside back and forth, you walked past me
and sensed that something was bothering me,
and you approached me with this big smile of yours that was always on display,
and you said to me: "cheer up man cheer up" and we had a conversation that I will never forget,
and that gave me so much chayus to be able to continue in my avodah.
You took interest in helping others and made every day the best it was able to be, no matter the circumstances.
You didn't live for yourself you lived for others.
That is something I can try to emulate, but I don't know if I will ever get there like you did, its almost impossible.
You exemplified what a true Chossid is and what Ahavas Yisroel really means, in the full sense of the word.
Poshut Lieb huben an andere yid. That's what you lived for, that's where you got your chayus from.
You lived to help anyone and everyone you could.
And it is time for you to help us all down here, too much pain and tears, NOSSON I MISS YOU SOOO SOOOOO MUCH!!!PLEASE PLEASE NOSSON!!COME BACK, WE NEED YOU!!!
AD MOSAI, ENOUGH!!!
Beg the Aibirshter for Moshiach to come, so we will be reunited again.
Reuven

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