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Mendel Cotlar, 13, OBM

Mendel Cotlar, the 13-year-old who inspired many to say Tehillim and do a Mitzvah, passed away from GSD disease. Full Story

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October 24, 2014 4:29 pm


October 15, 2014 5:40 pm

bde so sad

sara bigelman
October 15, 2014 1:56 pm

i fell so bad for the family i hope moshiach will come soon,.

October 13, 2014 9:53 pm

where can i take a mesechte
a friend

Classmate from Toronto
October 12, 2014 10:51 pm

He was in mine class and when he passed away I was in shock Moshiach now

from Cheder Chabad Toronto summer school friends, rebbeim and principal
October 12, 2014 7:31 pm

We mourn the untimely loss of a great friend. We can never forget the weeks you spent with us during our summer school program in July over the past few years. You were a good friend, a great sport, gentle and kind with a pleasant smile. Your Toronto friends will miss you. We hope and daven that by the time summer comes you will joins us with moshiach.

B. Zaltzman Family Toronto
October 12, 2014 7:06 pm

So saddened. May Hashem give you koach. Thinking of Bubby Chaya, Ita and the whole extended family.

October 12, 2014 4:33 pm

Oy vey when will we see moshiach already! Ad mosai?! Hamokom yenachem eschem…

October 12, 2014 3:43 pm

I’m so heartbroken to hear that. May Hashem comfort the family botch evlei Sharey tzion veyerushalaim with moshiach now!!!!

baruch dayen emes
October 12, 2014 10:29 am

ad mosai!

October 12, 2014 4:27 am

hashem yerachem. he was my principils nephew!!!

October 11, 2014 11:19 pm

Baruch Dayan Emes. Mendel was such a special boy! We are so sorry for your loss. May Hashem comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

With our sincere condolences, Donna Karmel and my 11-year-old son, Daniel

October 9, 2014 5:42 pm

Reb Daniel and family,

I am in complete shock and heartbroken by Mendel’s loss. He was a complete tzaddik. May H’shem comfort you and your wife and family in these hard times. I feel your pain at this moment and I wish Mendel was still with us.

Natalie “Ora” Garson from Miami, Florida, originally from Houston, Texas

glycogen storage disease
October 9, 2014 4:32 am

I am 51 I was born with the same disease I am of a different religion but I will pray that his family is somehow comforted

oy vey
October 8, 2014 6:02 pm

Hashem Why so young?!

To Reb Daniel and Family
October 8, 2014 2:00 pm

I’m are heartbroken for your loss. There’s no adequate words to console. May G-d almighty consul you with the coming of Moshiach Now!!

An admirer of yours from London yeshiva days.

To Nosson and the family
October 8, 2014 1:40 pm

I go to school with Nosson, and we spent Rosh Hashana together at Penn State University helping out the shliach. On erev Rosh Hashana, Nosson got a call that his brother was in the hospital. From that point on, He wasn’t himself. He was more withdrawn, and quieter than usual. When we arrived back in Pittsburgh after yontif, he disappeared, and later, we found out that he had gone home, to be with his brother. I never had the opportunity to meet Mendel, but I have heard many things about him. I know that there are no words that can… Read more »

so sorry for your loss
October 8, 2014 12:46 pm

May hashem comfort you- We need moshiach right now to end all the pain and suffering

So sad
October 8, 2014 12:19 pm

a great lost to this world

Hashem Kel Rachum!
October 8, 2014 12:02 pm

Hashem bring Moshiach right now to much suffering and pain.

October 8, 2014 11:47 am

Ad Mosai!!! Dear Chaya im so sorry to hear this saddest news! May Hashem comfort you and whole family and send Moshaih now! Geula now, no waiting!!!

October 8, 2014 10:27 am

so sad, may hashem comfort you

When a Friend Has Passed
October 8, 2014 10:16 am

Baruch Dayan HaEmes Here is to a great friend who i loved and cherish. M merry was the only way he could ever be E exceptional at whatever he did N nurturing for all that was good D delightful to be with no matter what E enriching for all who knew him L light for the entire world to see by These are only a few of the things Mendel was to everyone he met. In all the years I knew him he was never sad and always saw the best in people. He was always there to shine light… Read more »

To Nosson
October 8, 2014 9:38 am

I’m so sorry for your loss. Moshiach should come now!
A Pittsburgh classmate

Baruch Dayan Haemes
October 8, 2014 9:01 am

Mendele will certainly continue his work to scream before the Kisai Hakovod We Want Moshiach Now !!!!

To the family
October 8, 2014 9:00 am

May Hashem bring Moshiach now, and we will be reunited with your son!
Boruch Dayan Haemes.
We are all with you in your pain.

October 8, 2014 8:56 am

Like Aharon HaKohen after the histalkus of Nodov & Avihu!
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

October 8, 2014 7:09 am

A 13 year old boy SHOULD NOT have OBM under his name this is more sad for words 😢

bouruch dayan emes
October 8, 2014 3:45 am

may we have an end to this galus now

Mendels Counselor
October 8, 2014 3:30 am

A few summers ago, I had the great privlage of being Mendels counselor in camp, he is the camper that is every counselors dream, full of chayos, warmth, smart, fun, excellent natured and so much more. I miss you a lot Mendel!

October 8, 2014 2:11 am

I had the price large of staying at the Cotlars home years ago for a weekend when Mendel was very young.They made such a special impression on me and I will never forget it.I am so very sorry for their loss.

hamakom yenachem eischem
October 8, 2014 1:45 am

he must have been a wonderful boy
hope mosciach comes now,and techiyas hameisim also soon

October 8, 2014 1:28 am

This is just too much to bear! We are crying with you. Mendel has inspired and affected so many all across the globe. Dear Daniel and Eta, may Hashem comfort you and your family and give you the strength. Hamakom Yenachem eschem bsoch shaar aveilei tzion v’yerushalayim.

I'm so so sosorry to hear
October 8, 2014 1:15 am

May Hashes bring you true comfort

October 8, 2014 12:59 am

so sad, such a beautiful neshama.

Breini Rosenbloom
October 8, 2014 12:17 am

To Menachem Mendel’s a”h parents:
You don’t know me but I want you to know I care.
May Hashem comfort you among the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

You and your family is an inspiration to so many people
October 8, 2014 12:14 am

Hi, I have never met your family and/or your son, but your son looks like he was a real beautiful person. Hashem likes to take the best of the best back home. None of my words can help, but I will bli neder daven for your family to find comfort. 99% of the time when a family goes through such a grave tragedy, the family is a very special and unique unit of people, you guys are definitely very unique and special and May Hashem shower you with many revealed brochos. May you guys feel the ultimate comfort that can… Read more »

October 7, 2014 11:46 pm

Our hearts bleed profusely and there are no words-no consolation- nothing because right now we are in shock and the pain is overwhelming.No family should ever go thru something like this.H’ you alone must be there for the grieving family-

To Nosson
October 7, 2014 11:39 pm

Your entire class feels for you. We Just don”t know what to say
May Hashem comfort you and your family.

Boruch Dayan Emes!!
October 7, 2014 11:35 pm

Moshiach now!!

I have no words
October 7, 2014 11:34 pm

Losing a loved ones. I cant. Im crying. Mendele please tell Hashem to bring Moshiach. Tell him that we cant take it anymore! I beg you!

To Nosson
October 7, 2014 11:13 pm

Boruch DAyan Haemes

To the parents
October 7, 2014 11:13 pm

Your son was so holy he completed his tikkun here in such a brief time. We are all grieving with you. But we smile knowing he will SURELY be a meilitz yosher for us and help bring the geulah shleimah.

הלב נשבר
October 7, 2014 11:05 pm

הלב נישבר הכאב עצום מנשוא מי יתן ולא תיראו עוד צער

October 7, 2014 11:03 pm

so sad….

so sorry
October 7, 2014 10:57 pm

I am sobbing
how could such a wonderful chayisdike boy deserve this?
I did not think that this glucose disease would kill him
I feel terrible for the boy’s family
my heart goes out to you with sincerity
may his precious neshama reach the heavenly gates of Gan eden and may we all be reunited with him with moshiach now!
And only more simchos for the family.
May Hashem comfort you among the rest of the mourners of tzion, and may you all have a peacful , and uplifting sukkos
only good things

What a precious child!!
October 7, 2014 10:19 pm

I’m deeply saddened for your loss. As I do not know you or your son, I can only say, I wish I would’ve met him and appreciated him in his short but very precious life! What your son accomplished in his 13 years many don’t accomplish in their 70-80 years!! To the parents of this young man, may HaShem grant you strength through these horrific days ahead! May you know of no more loss or pain!! You were blessed to have had this precious soul in your care! המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים!! We mourn with you…… Read more »

No words only tears
October 7, 2014 9:56 pm

We are all crying with you. I didn’t know Mendel but his uniqueness and special light came through in the pics and videos. What a special neshama. A loss for everyone but unimaginable for your beautiful family

October 7, 2014 9:53 pm

So upset to hear
During Mendels short life he has inspired so many people to do mitzvos and say tehillim.
I will personally try to complete the tehillim once a week for mendles holy neshoma.
May the entire family be comforted.

Fellow shliach from Australia

Boruch Dayin Haemes
October 7, 2014 9:18 pm

This is so sad!! moshiach now!!!!!!!!!!!

Vayidom Aharon
October 7, 2014 9:06 pm

There are no words sufficient to answer the magnitude of the pain and the questions. I can only add my voice to those pleading for Mashiach, so that these terrible decrees can end.
May Hashem com for you amongst the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim, and may you know no more sorrow.

Does anyone have an email or phone number to contact
October 7, 2014 9:05 pm

To be menachem ovel Eta?
Terribly sadden by the news. May the aibishter give the family strength at this terribly trying time!!

October 7, 2014 8:45 pm

I only learned about Mendel these past few weeks, but from the moment I saw his face in a picture, I knew he must be the sweetest and most aidel boy. I learned from Mendel to have trust in Hashem, and to be grateful to Him. Mendel’s sweet Panim and voice has left a deep impression on me. I will continue saying Tehillim with Emunah! Dear Cotlar family, I am at a loss of words. I can’t begin to imagine what you are going through. May Hashem comfort you! Moshiach now!

We don't want to wait!
October 7, 2014 8:44 pm

Ad Modsai!! We need the Geula to come quick!

October 7, 2014 8:30 pm

i knew mendel such a nice kid always smiling plesent to be around
a friend

October 7, 2014 8:18 pm

I was a counselor in Gan Izzy in Houston and my friends and I ate at the Cotlers’ house on shabbos. They are such amazing people!
We are so sad to hear the news

tears in my eyes!
October 7, 2014 8:13 pm

Nothing more to add, BUT we need MOSHIACH NOW!!!!!!

October 7, 2014 7:59 pm

May your family have Great Zechus and only simchos.


no words!! no words!!
October 7, 2014 7:57 pm

hamokoim [only, only He can] yinachem eschem btoich sharey aveiley zion v’yirushalyim

efraim &chana schmukler

Boruch Dayan haemes
October 7, 2014 7:34 pm

How sad 🙁 what a special boy

October 7, 2014 7:33 pm

we need moshiach

October 7, 2014 7:33 pm

So hard to bare! Cannot believe it!!! We need Moshiach now!!!

October 7, 2014 7:26 pm

My heart goes out to the family. May you only have revealed good from now on!

Brauch Dayen Emes!!
October 7, 2014 7:02 pm

So sad!!!

October 7, 2014 6:55 pm

Ive known ita growing up in high school, although i never met her little tzadikel. He cane to this world pure and was taken back pure, right under kise hakavod directly under the wings of the shchina. May hashem give ur family much needed strength and comfort and may we hear of no more tradgedies.

October 7, 2014 6:51 pm

Ad mosai

Cantor Keith Miller
October 7, 2014 5:52 pm

May your son’s memory serve as a source of inspiration to your family and may God comfort you. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Our Hearts are with you
October 7, 2014 5:34 pm

Isser and I are so very saddened by this news!
May H-shem hold dear Mendel in his loving embrace and do the work so needed to bring Moshiach ..
Our prayers are always with you,and your entire family!
Sarah Goldstein

October 7, 2014 5:31 pm


October 7, 2014 5:16 pm

So devastating! My heart goes with the families
we should continue doing things on the zechus of this tzaddik

October 7, 2014 5:11 pm

May the Aibishter & our Rebbe grant you an abundance of strength needed now during this very sad time of your lives. Hashem takes back his Neshamas that are “pure” & have totally fulfilled their Tikkun in Olam Hazeh. May this beautiful Neshama of MM (Menachem Mendel/Melech Moshiach) reach the highest realms in Gan Eden – Olam Habah.
With warm hugs & love,
The Kessler family (LA)

October 7, 2014 5:07 pm

So sorry for ur loss. Such a sweet looking boy.

Oy vey
October 7, 2014 5:04 pm

How can this happen to such a cute boy

October 7, 2014 4:58 pm

It just doesn’t make sense.. After all that read done for him, all the mivtzoim, tehilim etc. To the Cotlers, I’ve never met you before but hearing of Mendel’s truly effected me like that of a close relative. Wishing you all my love and to manage to grow from this, a fellow yid.

a counselor
October 7, 2014 4:56 pm

I was a counselor of Nosson’s way back in CGI of Houston. That family is unbelievable. Ita is the most warm and giving person coupled with Daniel’s great personality. Hashem gave them such a zchus of having this incredible spirited Mendel. He was absolutely the cutest, most positive and loveable child. Everyone knew that. The other children in their family are just as well behaved and wonderful. We cannot understand why bad things happen to good people. And the Cotlars sure are AMAZING people. Ad MOSAI? We can’t anymore! The best of the best are being taken from us!! Please… Read more »

What's his mothers maiden name?
October 7, 2014 4:45 pm


Yitzi C.
October 7, 2014 4:44 pm

My heart goes out to the entire Cotler and Smuckler familes, may yuou be comforted in your time of need, and see only blessings from hereon in.

די לגלות!!!
October 7, 2014 4:32 pm
Hashem Ad Mosai?????????
October 7, 2014 4:22 pm
October 7, 2014 4:16 pm

We await the moment when Moshiach will be here, and be reunited with your son and all our loved ones, may it be now mamash!
May Hashem comfort you.

October 7, 2014 4:10 pm

so broken to hear about your Mendel. He inspired so many. May we merit the coming of mashiach now!

Boruch Dayan Ha'Emes - Pittsburgh Classmate
October 7, 2014 4:09 pm

My Dear Classmate and friend Daniel, My heart aches for you and your wife Eta, I cannot fathom nor empathize with your pain at this delicate and fragile time in your lives. I can only sympathize and ask Hashem to grant you a quick consolation as we enter these next weeks of Tishrei. Your son must have been very special to have been born to parents like yourselves and I am sure he will be missed greatly. You will always have our support back her in Pittsburgh, Hamokom Yenachem Eschem B’soch Shaar Aveilei Tziyon B’Yerushalayim. May you elevate from this… Read more »

October 7, 2014 3:56 pm

wishing the family only good

Totally heartbreaking!!!!!
October 7, 2014 3:56 pm

Ad mosai????
How sad
There are no words
No words
Just Aibishter please end the suffering!!!!
Dear Cotlars,
I don’t know what to say or write
It’s unbearable pain
May you find the strength
With love

Oy Hashem!
October 7, 2014 3:53 pm

The tears dont stop falling! What a tragedy! My heart goes out to the Cotlar family, may Hashem give you the strength to continue. The Chabad family worldwide is crying and grieving with you.
May we speedily merit Moshiach and you will be reunited with Mendel.

i am in shock
October 7, 2014 3:52 pm


We need moshiach!!!
October 7, 2014 3:52 pm

Ad Mosai?!

this is too much
October 7, 2014 3:44 pm

i don;t know this tsaddik but i cannot stomach this, no no, i can’t this is such a tragedy!! Hashem give strength to the family to carry on, comfort us comfort us WE CANNOT HANDLE ANY OF THESE TRAGEDIES, Hashem Please!!!!