In Memory of Leiby Kletzky a”h
Leiby a”h brought Klal Yisroel together.
Let us honor him by staying together.
Leiby;s name is yehudah ben Nachman a’h
Let us dedicate this blog and our positive actions make a difference
Let us build in this tragic time. Yehudah comes from the word thanks! See how Leiby's parents continue to thank! Self-Esteem will re-builds our people's House Like Moshe Rabbeinu, every single Jew must seek out the welfare of his fellow and do him a good turn, whether it is in material matters or in the more essential spiritual matters. When one seeks a lack in his friend he must do him some good to help uplift him from his failing. He must “see their suffering” and help his fellow Jew, because we are really all part of a single unique soul, an organic whole. Before building the Beis Hamikdash / Temple of the mind, one must first obtain the aspect of “king”—the king is the heart of the nation, and the heart influences every other element of the body. One must always do good for others both spiritually and materially, and the greatest good that can be done through, is to pray that Hashem fulfill the desires of his fellow's heart. When the good person faces the rejection of others, he does not get discouraged but rather intensifies his attachment to a higher source, so that his further efforts will bear fruit.
Statement by Rabbi Nachman and Itta Kletzky
By the Grace of G‑d
The traditional seven intense days of mourning (“shiva”) for our beloved Leiby are complete, but the ache in our hearts will remain forever.
We thank G‑d for the nearly nine beautiful years that He entrusted us with Leiby’s pure soul. We are certain that Leiby is now looking down from heaven and blessing us all.
We would like to once again thank all our friends and neighbors; all the selfless volunteers from near and far; local, city, state, and federal agencies; and all our fellow New Yorkers and beyond who assisted us physically, emotionally, and spiritually—as well as all of G‑d’s children around the world who held our dear Leiby in their thoughts and prayers.
We pray that none of you should ever have to live through what we did. But if any tragedy is to ever befall any of you, G‑d forbid, you should be blessed with a community and public as supportive as ours. We feel that through Leiby we’ve become family wi th you all.
Many of you have asked us what you can do now in Leiby’s memory, and how you can help us find comfort. Looking back at Leiby’s all-too-short years among us, here are a few ideas:
Acts of unity and lovingkindness. Let us perpetuate the feeling of collective responsibility and love expressed during the search for Leiby. An additional act of kindness toward your neighbor, or to those less fortunate than you, can go a long, long way toward perfecting our world. Putting a couple of coins into a charity box daily is one way of tangibly expressing that lovingkindness.
Gratitude. Leiby deeply cherished his siddur, his prayerbook, and praying to G‑d meant the world to him. He was known by his teachers for his concentration in prayer, always being the last to finish. In Leiby’s memory, when you wake up each morning take a few moments to pray and reflect and thank G‑d for giving us life (“Modeh Ani” in the prayerbook).
Light. Every Friday evening our family sits down together for Shabbatdinner to the light of the Shabbat candles. A candle shines for each of our children—and Leiby’s candle will always be included. On Friday evening, please give a few coins to charity and light the candles before sunset with our beloved Leiby in mind, to channel the lovingkindness shown to us and our dear Leiby toward many, many others in need. We welcome your kindness.
From the deepest place in our hearts, we thank you all for your help, your support and your prayers. May Leiby’s soul live on as a blessing inside each and every one of you.
From Gutman Locks
Gutman Locks- “Watch Out!”
Watch out for the Three Weeks, and the Nine Days, even more so. This is a time when tempers can flare with little or no reason. Also, you may find yourself bumping into walls (and then, maybe even yelling at the wall.) Just plain stupid things can pop unexpectedly trying to catch you to see if you will smile or blow your stack. When these kinds of things happen, if you will say, “Aha! The Three Weeks!” then you will not react so strongly. The more times you catch it, the easier it becomes.
For instance, as soon as the Three Weeks began, well, really the next day, I bit down on a hard piece of fruit and I ripped the inside of my gum. “Ow!” Boy did that hurt. I still can’t chew food on that side of my mouth. Okay, how do I see it? It has to be, “me and my big mouth.” I do sometimes say things loudly without thinking. Or else why did it happen to my mouth and not my foot?
The next morning, I told my dentist, who happens to daven (pray) in my minyan (quorum) what happened. I said, “I bit down on a hard piece of fruit and I ripped my gum! What can I put on it?”
“On the fruit?” he asked. Now, that’s got to be the Three Weeks.
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We are now during- The Three Weeks of Bein Hameitzarim “Rabbi Yossi said: The Jewish people were commanded to fulfill three mitzvos upon entering the land—to appoint a king for themselves; to destroy the progeny of 3 Amalek; and to build the Beis Hamikdash.” These three mitzvos parallel the three weeks of Bein Hameitzarim. When we transpose destroying the seed of Amalek to our personal avodah, it means that we must wipe out and destroy our lusts and the klippos/external shells that cling to us, just as Pinchas acted zealously and subdued the klippah of Amalek. We know that the main focus of Amalek was to defile the purity of the Jewish people—it says that they “cut the foreskins and threw them heavenward.” This means that we must work to expand the boundaries of holiness during the three weeks and also subdue anyone who opposes this ideal. Building the Beis Hamikdash means, in terms of personal avodah, drawing closer to the Da’as/knowledge. Moshe Rabbeinu is himself the embodiment of the Beis Hamikdash, which is the seat of Da’as. Appointing a king is essential to achieve these goals, because it is impossible to build the Beis Hamikdash without appointing a king, as the Rambam explains. This is what is meant in the verse, “And Moshe spoke to the heads of the tribes”—there is a mitzvah to appoint a king. Every person must merit to attain this and say to himself, “The world was created for me.” This is the essence of kingship [i.e. realizing that each and every one of us is responsibility for creation]. Everyone feels and understands the greatness of the Truth and of prayer, but there are mitzvos/commandments in which most people are lax —they trod on them with heel during these times of the “heels of Moshiach.” What falls to the wayside is the gratuitous extension of chessed/kindness to others. Hashem told Avraham Avinu, “They will seal [the first blessing of Avos, but in a more general sense they will bring to an end the long exile] with you.” This means that chessed, the attribute associated with Avraham, is what finalizes the exile. So see our comments below and posts, how you can make a difference!