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Tragic Loss Sparks Burst of Life

Friday, 7 May, 2010 - 4:20 pm

This past Sunday, as we celebrated Lag B'omer, I learned of the tragic accident that took the life of Nosson Deitsch. Nosson was my second cousin and he was only 21 years old. While I did not know him well during his lifetime - just casual interactions at family events -  I have come to learn much about him in the past few days.

There is a cynical play on words using the name of the Torah portions of the last few weeks, Acharei Mot, Kedoshim, Emor. That Acharei Mot - after his passing, Kedoshim Emor - everyone says he was holy. However, it is impossible to attribute mere wishful nostalgia to the tributes that are coming out about this young man. It appears that every interaction he had with another person, young or old, was one that was laden with joy, optimism and vibrant life. Everyone comments about his love of G-d, his fellow Jew and the Torah.

It should be noted that Nosson had every reason to be bitter and negative. He lost his father a few years ago as a teenager, and his family continues to face many challenges (May G-d grant them only joy and positive outcomes). Despite all that, he was always the one who had a smile and and encouraging word for anyone that was down. Reading the different posts by people who knew him, was a real wake up call for me, and I am sure many others, about how a person can deal with adversity with a positive perspective.

I intend to share some of his legacy with my children so that they too can be inspired by his life. I wish his family, his mother and siblings, that they find the strength to be comforted from Hashem. May He grant them only good health and happiness from here onwards.

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