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Statement by Rabbi Nachman and Itta Kletzky

Statement by Rabbi Nachman and Itta Kletzky

Parents of Leiby Kletzky, of blessed memory


By the Grace of G‑d
Tammuz 19, 5771 / July 21, 2011

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 Shabbat dinner 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.

Memorial fund. Together with Rabbi Binyamin Eisenberger, we have established a memorial fund to help people in dire need (, to channel the lovingkindness shown to us and our dear Leiby toward many, many others in need. We welcome your participation.

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.

Nachman and Itta Kletzky

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Anonymous Lakewood August 21, 2013

liluy nishmas leiby Your son's legacy continues on as I took upon myself a takana when he was niftar and even when it is hard, I push myself to do it in his memory. Reply

Ann Rosen Brockton, Massachustts May 8, 2013

The Loss of this child has grieved us all. I cry each time I receive a new comment...but I have to read it and remember. G-d Bless you all. The World has mourned with you. Reply

Miriam Belgium May 8, 2013

May G-D make you find comfort and give you the strengths to continue.
May your merit to see lots of happiness of the rest of your children.
May you know of no more suffering.
May little Leiby never be forgotten in our hearts.

Be blessed Reply

Malkie February 18, 2013

May the light of Hakodosh Barach Hu guide you and your daughters now and forever. May Hashem bestow His kindness onto all of you. After such a tragedy, you guys are so strong and being able to respond in such a way is pure emunah.

All the best, I am so sorry.

Elena Olney, MD April 19, 2012

Leiby So so so so sorry for your loss... Thinking about Leiby and your family often. Will always in my prayers. Reply

Jonathan Cincinnati, Ohio February 20, 2012

Your Precious Son Your precious, beautiful son will remain in my heart. Blessed be G-d forever. Reply

Mark & Dolores Belas Palatka, Florida/USA via February 12, 2012

Leiby May the blessings of HASHEM be upon you.
May the memory of your son be with us all and may your loving kindness remind us all of how we should all act in the face of tragedy and sadness. B"H Reply

WEW NY, NY February 11, 2012

still in my prayers Dear Lieby will always be remembered by this stranger who was touched by his story and by his innocence. Dear Kletzky family, be comforted that your Lieby has brought strangers together, has made them reflect and value one anohter.
My prayers will be with all of you always. G-d bless. Reply

Beatriz Sayreville, NJ - New Jersey December 12, 2011

Leiby i think about you every day,always in my mind and forever in my heart ! Reply


LEIBY KLETZKY Your words are an inspiration. To endure such a tragedy and yet respond with such emunah, (faith), and wisdom is in itself a tribute to Leiby and his short life.

May Hashem only bestow infinite blessings on you for strength, health and happiness. Reply

shirley westlake, ca August 1, 2011

Leiby Leiby... even the name falls off my lips like a prayer and should only be uttered in a whisper.
I will say his name every day of my life--as a prayer-- I offer this prayer for all the children of the world, but especially for the regeneration of love in our communities all over the globe especially in Israel
How can this be? I shouted in my living room when the news came over that screen.
Unthinkable--impossible--then I find out it is one who davenned! One who sat in the same prayer houses, who walked the streets with other Orthodox, who donned a yarmulka and prayer shawl
Then i tore at my own clothes all alone standing there in my home.
When will the suffering end, When will Moschiach come--the Rabbis ask.
When we learn to love--I believe--really love--wrecklessly abandoning our selfishness and seeking to serve-love your fellow Jew without limits.
In his memory--your son Leiby's memory I will do secretly at least 30-4 acts of kindness a week--all right?
I will try to do more. Reply

Yam Erez Ketura, Israel July 30, 2011

so sorry for your profound loss Your little boy was beautiful. May you and his sisters find comfort and nothing but blessings from here on in. Reply

Anonymous Baltimore, MD/USA via July 28, 2011

To The Entire Kletzky Family BSD

Your loss is our loss and your pain is our pain. The cruel and untimely loss of your son, Leiby, has come as a terrible blow to both Jew and Non-Jew, alike. Just reading the other postings, it is clear how this most, unspeakable tragedy has touched the lives of so many people. May G-d grant you and everybody, both near and far, the strength, courage and fortitude to bring the message of unconditional love for Creation and Mankind that was so typical of your Leiby. May his Memory be a Blessing and may you and your family continue to be comforted at this difficult time and in the future. Reply

Anonymous July 28, 2011

This just boggles my mind...such a far cry from the demands for justice so often heard from family members of loved ones who have been harmed.

And, not a fake, let's forgive the one who harmed our child because G-d said so!

No, a strikingly odd balance in the midst of a very unbalancing sitiuation which has birthed kindness and goodness while not standing in the way of, or using the justice of G-d as a weapon against a criminal.

So striking is the heart cry to celebrate the goodness of life vs. the demand for justice for the child, it makes one wonder about the ways of G-d vs. the ways of man.

Honesty, loss, and pain fully expressed within the boundaries of the goodness of G-d.

Maybe, most of us have been taught a lie when it comes to the G-d of heaven....maybe, He is not at all like we've been taught!.

May each of us see and experience the true G-d of heaven in the coming days.

Thank you for the kind, gentle, loving, and quiet rebuke of a life well-lived. Reply

W. Coker Greer, SC July 27, 2011

Memorial Poem In the rising of the sun and the going down, we will remember him.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we will remember him.
In the opening of buds and the rebirth of spring, we will remember him.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we will remember him.
In the rustling of the leaves and the beauty of autumn, we will remember him.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we will remember him.
When we are weary and in need of strength, we will remember him.
When we are lost and sick at heart, we will remember him.
When we have joys we yearn to share, we will remember him.
So long as we live, he too shall live, for he is now a part of us, as we remember him.
Prayers from Greer, SC Reply

Stephanie Evans Davison, MI/USA July 27, 2011

Precious Leiby My heart was broken when I heard of your tragic loss. It still makes me sick at my stomach just having it cross my mind. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers for the comfort of haShem. Reply

Rochel Miller Los Angeles, CA USA July 26, 2011

Lieby What a sweet soul. I will light candles every Friday night in his honor and give tzedekah.

May his death be avenged. Reply

Surie Lakewwod, NJ July 26, 2011

LEIBY Dear Rabbi and Mrs.Kletzky,
It is people like yourselves who will bring Mosiach. My heart goes out for your painful loss of your beutiful zissa yingele. May the zechusim that were accomplished over the past few weks lighten up his pure helge neshama in Gan Eden. May you and your wonderful children know no more ztar . May you continue to share only good news and simchos inyour family and all of klal yisroel..Amen Reply

Deborah Siganos Sydney, NSW Australia via July 26, 2011

Leiby Leiby has been in my thoughts continuously since reading your statement 4 nights ago. I have vowed to light a Shabbat candle for each of my children every Shabbat. I have also contacted a Jewish charity to donate clothes to. Remembering how short life is, I have also vowed to visit my Grandmother in her nursing home weekly. Thank you for clarifying the important things in life. I will never forget your wishes or your special son. Thankyou Reply

Carol Meyer Roswell, GA, USA July 25, 2011

We Send Our Prayers and Thoughts To Your Famil We don't know you, yet we are ALL family. Please know our hearts were broken when we heard the news of your beautiful boy's passing. We will never forget his story and hope that you will be able to move on with him always in your hearts. We will all try to do good as you requested, as we're sure he would have with the rest of his life. BH Reply

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