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Leiby's Parents' Statement

Leiby's Parents' Statement

What you can do in Leiby's memory.


By the Grace of God
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 God 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 God’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, God forbid, you should be blessed with a community and public as supportive as ours. We feel that through Leiby we’ve become family with 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 loving kindness. 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 loving kindness.

Gratitude. Leiby deeply cherished his siddur, his prayerbook, and praying to God 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 God 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

July 26, 2011

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Visitor Comments: 42

(42) Anonymous, November 29, 2012 8:28 PM

My heart goes out to you

I do not know that my faith is strong. Precious child. I guess angels are not meant long for this earth sometimes. Heartfelt prayers.

(41) DK, July 24, 2012 5:12 PM

There Are No Words.

Really, there is nothing I can say to ease your pain, as the loss of a child is unbearable. May the Almighty comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

(40) Yehudit Spero, July 30, 2011 10:14 PM


May G-d bless the Kletzky family. May they know of no more sadness and tragedy. Mrs. Kletzky is an amazing person as she tries to help others find meaning in her son Leiby's tragic death. We all hope you have strength and health and may you see much happiness from your family.

(39) Anonymous, July 30, 2011 1:05 PM

AN OPEN us all...

Our hearts may be broken- but our spirit is not. Stay Strong....

(38) Daniel Rotenberg, July 29, 2011 2:56 AM


Leiby in life seemed that he was a very kind and thoughtful child... In death he has brought others to become kinder and thoughtful... I do not live in the NY area but when I found out about this tragedy it was still heart wrenching even from a far... My hope is that anyone who was affected by Leiby's story won't forget it and will keep him in mind when doing mitzvah's... I hope in memory of Leiby parents teach that while most adults are trustworthy when in difficulty some are not. While these are trying times my hope is the community and Leiby's parents will have solace so many care and will not forget this eight year old young man...

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