By COLlive reporter
Mendel Cotlar, an upbeat 13-year-old Chabad boy from Houston, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, Tishrei 13 5775.
Mendel was a popular, fun-loving, active young boy who had Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD). “My glucose gets very low and that could be very dangerous for my brain and body,” he said in a video he created in 2011.
He retold that after once not taking the cornstarch drink that levels the blood sugar in his body, he had a seizure “and fell into a deep sleep and could not be woken up.”
“My father davened for me at the Ohel. My friends and their parents said Tefillim for me and gave tzedaka and asked their friends and their parents to do the same,” he said.
Cotlar woke up 2 days later and went on to create an inspirational video titled “The Power of Tehillim” as his entry for a Tzivos Hashem contest, which was featured on COLlive.com.
“I want kids all around the world to know that Hashem really does watch over us and that saying Tehillim really helps,” he said. At the end of last year he started putting on Tefillin at 770 Eastern Parkway and later celebrated his Bar Mitzvah.
“With gratitude to Hashem for the 13 beautiful years He allowed us to have Mendel… and with deep sadness… we inform you of the passing our son Menachem Mendel,” his parents Daniel and Eta Cotlar wrote on Facebook.
The funeral procession will pass today at Chabad Lubavitch Center/Torah Day School in Houston at 4:15 pm and will proceed from there to Beth Jacob Cemetery at HWY 288 and Almeda Genoa in Houston.
Shiva will be held at the Cotlar’s home, beginning with Mincha and Maariv Tuesday at 6:45 pm. Visiting hours until 10 pm tonight. Wednesday, Shacharis at 8 am. Visiting hours all day until Mincha at 4 pm, when Shiva concludes due to the yomtov of Sukkos.
Baruch dayan haemes.