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.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Very Special Cousin

By Meir Kosofsky

I’m Nosson’s cousin and I grew up near our Grandparents. Every year our cousins, and especially the Deitch family would come to spend Pesach with my Grandparents. Naturally we younger cousins would always tag-along after the older ones, trying to join in their games and so on. Of course, we weren’t very appreciated. But Nosson was always friendly, he would never kick us out of a game or make nasty comments.
This year I’m learning in Yeshivah in LA, with Nosson’s fellow Shluchim. Recently one Shliach told me that he speaks to Nosson every couple of weeks, and every time Nosson always makes sure to ask about me, his younger cousin.
Whenever I would come into Crown Heights, he always greeted me with a big smile and made me feel like he was very happy to see me. He didn’t only act like this to his cousin’s – there is a man in my community who is not very easy to get along with, he’s not very kind, he’s quite stubborn and he has little respect for anyone. The one person he respects is Nosson. Nosson always gave him that special attention, which he needed and which no one else could find for him.


  1. "Whenever I would come into Crown Heights, he always greeted me with a big smile and made me feel "LIKE" he was very happy to see me." LIKE? it was not a show he really meant it!

  2. I think the kid/cousin meant "like" as in the way teenagers today speak... They inject the word "like" every third word in a sentence...

  3. Cousin, when you get older you'll understand that, "words that come from the heart, go to the heart" is true. This is a talent of Nosson's we can all learn from. The "man in my community" you gossiped about most likely understood Nosson's sincerity wasn't a superficial "act", in return earned his respect. The "special attention" we all need to give is to refine ourselves within first. Keep studying and put what you learn to use. Kol Tuv