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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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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.
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.
Ann Rosen
Brockton, Massachustts
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
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.
April 19, 2012
So so so so sorry for your loss... Thinking about Leiby and your family often. Will always in my prayers.
Olney, MD
February 20, 2012
Your Precious Son
Your precious, beautiful son will remain in my heart. Blessed be G-d forever.
Cincinnati, Ohio
February 12, 2012
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
Mark & Dolores Belas
Palatka, Florida/USA
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.
December 12, 2011
i think about you every day,always in my mind and forever in my heart !
Sayreville, NJ - New Jersey
August 2, 2011
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.
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