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, November 17, 2010

A Letter to the Deitsch Family

ב"ה, אור ליום הבהיר יו"ד כסלו, חג הגאולה


לכבוד משפחת דייטש שיחיו

Just a few short months ago I wrote a letter expressing my sorrow on the loss of my dear friend Nosson. I finished with the words “Nosson’s smiling presence will forever remain with me, as a void that can never be filled.” But little did I imagine that the void would grow wider, that the wound, still fresh, would be so painfully torn open.

Of course we knew that Levi was ill, and we knew too that Levi’s illness was one of the very few things that could ever worry Nosson. But Nosson’s confidence and unwavering enthusiasm convinced us that no brother of his would ever be overcome by any onslaught, however intense. To those who knew Nosson, no form of tragedy could seriously be associated with him or his family, it was simply too incongruous. Nosson and his family had been through enough already, sorrow was something that they deserved to place firmly behind them and never revisit.

Then – on a sunny day of joyous celebration – tragedy struck.

When Nosson was so tragically torn from us, we were united in a grief that will never entirely heal. First there was only shock, but with the passing days the shock turned to dismay and then to bleak sorrow. Never again would our lives be brightened by Nosson’s enthusiastic presence. The very impersonation of life itself had died. And there was pain, pain for the unimaginable shock, the terrible dismay and the infinite loss that Nosson’s mother, and indeed all the family, must suffer.

That shared tragedy, created a common bond between all of us – Nosson’s friends, and you – his family, who grieve for him the most.

In the following months, the threat of Levi’s worsening illness loomed heavy on our consciousness. I never met Levi, and the same applies to many of my friends, yet his situation was constantly on the agenda. At every opportunity, at every Farbrengen, a Le’chaim was said that Levi Yitzchak ben Cyrel should have a Refuah Shleimoh. And we believed that Levi would have a Refuah Shleimah. We knew that Nosson’s brother must love life as he did, and that Levi would fight and never surrender. And Levi did fight – till the bitter end.

And the end was bitter.

This is not just the tragedy of a young life lost, but the tragedy of a family. A mother who has already suffered far too much. A young widow – who valiantly lived to preserve a hope, and fought to create a certainty – her life cut in half, her hope conclusively crushed. Her young children bewildered. Orphaned. Will they even remember the exuberant father of their earliest youth? Each of Levi’s siblings has lost yet another irreplaceable piece of their own lives.

I do not think I am alone when I say that my heart is torn for you, for Levi’s mother, his wife, his children and all the family. The hundreds of Bochurim who loved Nosson so, in some small measure, sense the pain of his family and share it. I cannot offer words of comfort, I do not know how. But I want you to know that I wish I could, and I want you to know that because of Nosson you are less alone.

המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Eli Leib Rubin

Sunday, November 14, 2010

He has made a HUGE impact on my life!

By Anonymous

This moitzei shabbos, I went on collive.com and to my shock I saw the untimely passing of yet another deitsch. I was shocked. How could this happen again? I remember about 2 weeks after lag baomer, I was reading one of those weekly lchaim pamphlet and the slice of life column was about our dear nosson. As I read a few things about his remarkable character, I was deeply touched and moved - especially by his unseen ahavas yisroel and the fact that he knew the whole Tanya by heart! That night, I checked on collive for his nosson deitsch, OBM, 21 and I actually felt the intense pain of the commentators. I also discovered this blog so I went on and spent the whole night (not kidding, 'till 7:00 AM) reading and crying my eyes out! Also, i was gathering inspiration; Nosson's unique personality is something that I have never seen before in my life and I marvel at how a person can be so full of good and joyfulness. It puts things into petspective, a lot! For me, nosson epitomizes the essence of what a chossid is and what is right. I cried that night because I wondered how hashem could do this to us and shatter so many peoples minds (including my own, even though I never had the zechus to meet him). I decided that if everyone nosson knew would take something on, it would at least make this crazy time a little worthwhile, so right then and there, I wrote an email to Chabad.org asking them to make the mitzva campaign like they did for the Holtzbergs a"h. They told me it was a very nice letter but nothing came out of it. The reason I'm writing all this is because now, lets make our own campaign and BREAK THE GATES OF HEAVEN OPEN WITH OUR MITZVOS cuz' this overly messed up golus has got to end!! I guess I'm leaving the details of this campaign up to the heads of this blog (even though I'd be glad to help- you have my email) but it should definately be leleui nishmas nosson notah Ben zalmen yuda a"h v' Levi yitzchok Ben zalmen yuda a"h. Nosson would have for sure jumped to do something like this and help so many yidden to get closer to their tiere tatte in shomayim.
Just to add, since I heard about him, nosson has been my role model and if was/am ever not sure what to do in a situation, I think to myself, "what would nosson do?" i always know what to di then- what the rebbe wants and what would do and make hashem proud.
He has made a HUGE impact on my life (which is something pretty crazy since I never even met him- but apparently I'm not the first one to be so inspired:) and he is responsible for many of the mitzvos and workings on my character, as well as extra ahavas yisroel, simcha in everything, etc... I actually took on today to learn the english of Tanya chitas for the next thirteen weeks (and will iy"h will continue). He also inspired me to write to the rebbe more often and to be a better chossid. Thank you nosson! May we merit to see him again with Moshiach NOW!!!!!!!!!! (nosson! Bang on those gates for us in a way that only you know how!)

Have a gr8 day!!!
Moshiach now!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dear Nosson:

By Anonymous

You left this world just a short while ago on lag ba'omer. It's a day that will always remind me of you and what you represent to me. I never knew you and until your passing, I didn't even know of you. But now I know of you well and of joy that was a part of you. I watched a favorite video of you in which you are dancing while others are standing stiff abd erect. That's what you stand for. You show how the time and place for simcha is every time and every place. Every time I try to smile een though I don't rly feel like it, I feel an instant connection to you. I feel as if I am helping you do what you would have been doing if you were down here with us physically. To me you will forever be a symbol of true joy and knowing that makes me feel more and more of an urge to actually meet you. Nosson I am sure that you are up in heaven at gods torn asking and beseeching of hashem to bring moshiach now so that you can reunite with all those whom you left behind and so that you can once again spread joy to every place and every person.
Hoping to see you soon with the immediate coming of moshiach.