By Sheva Tauby
We saw each other each morning on our walk to Oholei Torah daily for 2 years. Our sons were in the same class. He always greeted us with a happy “Good Morning.”
Why is the pain so deep? Why couldn’t I sleep last night? I don’t think I ever exchanged more than a few words with him.
I think I know why. Nadiv was a genuine person. He was full of a zest for life that you felt when you passed him by on the street. His smile was full of warmth and enthusiasm, the kind that you wonder if its real. Why may you wonder? Because most people aren’t that warm and genuine, so when you see it you cant believe it.
He was so devoted to his children. He would walk them to school with such pride every day. He greeted my son who was in his son’s class everyday in his usual caring tone. It was real. You felt his care in his mundane actions and words.
I think this is why the pain is so deep. Because he was so genuine. He was sincerely happy for the next person. This is a trait that is so rare that we cherish it when we see it. It’s ahavas yisroel in its purest form.
As I start my new day today I continue to think about this special soul. It’s like we don’t want to let go of something so beautiful. What comforts me a bit, is to think about what a powerful lesson he taught us all by being himself. People connect to what is genuine. People need realness. Thank you for being you. I will continue to teach my kids the importance of being true to themselves and others.
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