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Crown Heights, NY - Jewish Softball League Pays Tribute To Leiby Kletzky

Published on: July 17, 2011 04:48 PM
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Crown Heights, NY - In a time of extreme tragedy, New Yorkers are coping by coming together.

The Jewish Softball League in Crown Heights has been meeting up for games every Tuesday and Thursday for the past five years but last was special.

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In between games, players of the league and members of the community stepped out onto the field to pay tribute to 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky.

“We just want to show our love for the little boy that you guys lost because we as parents also feel what you feel in the loss,” one woman said. She added that she wanted to “show her children how to love openly and with no regard to color or race.”

People from the stands came down onto the field and the group handed out white and blue balloons before holding a brief moment of silence. The balloons were let up into the night to honor Kletzky.

 


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 Jul 17, 2011 at 05:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Very heartwarming

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 Jul 17, 2011 at 07:06 PM Anonymous Says:

What a beautiful thing. This shows that there are still good people out there, jews and non-jews alike. Thanks for feeling our pain.

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 Jul 17, 2011 at 08:08 PM Flgroup Says:

If you wish to do a good deed for Leiby's Neshama, then learn Mishnayos, say Tehilim, give Tzedukah etc, all other' s are just a "narishkeite"

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 Jul 17, 2011 at 08:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Flgroup Says:

If you wish to do a good deed for Leiby's Neshama, then learn Mishnayos, say Tehilim, give Tzedukah etc, all other' s are just a "narishkeite"

Just because you think the tribute is narishkeite, does NOT mean that others do. This is a group of children and their parents paying tribute to a lost Little League player. Would you expect them to have a minyan or something??? These are young kids. Balloons are a lovely tribute to this fine young man who switched baseball teams because he wanted to lend his talent in the sport to the "underdog" team. 8 year old kids don't have to say tehillim in every moment of their spare time. They will plenty of time for that in the future. Let them be children for goodness sake.

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 Jul 17, 2011 at 08:33 PM KVETCH Says:

I bought flowers for shabbos in honor of leiby kletzky a"h

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 Jul 17, 2011 at 08:43 PM Geulah Says:

Reply to #3  
Flgroup Says:

If you wish to do a good deed for Leiby's Neshama, then learn Mishnayos, say Tehilim, give Tzedukah etc, all other' s are just a "narishkeite"

If actions like these make people realize that they don't live on an island alone and that we are all responsible one for the other, than it's no narishkeit. Each person, at their own level, can lift a neshoma. Each person, at their own level, can bring one down. Achdus is a formalized, ritualized thing.

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 Jul 17, 2011 at 08:50 PM Anon Says:

Reply to #3  
Flgroup Says:

If you wish to do a good deed for Leiby's Neshama, then learn Mishnayos, say Tehilim, give Tzedukah etc, all other' s are just a "narishkeite"

These were not Yidden, but people from the general Crown Heights community who wanted to do something.
They are not going to learn mishnayos, sorry.
In that perspective, it was very nice that they showed that they cared.

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 Jul 17, 2011 at 10:17 PM bracha18 Says:

To my dear Leiby A”H
Leiby, although I never met you,
From the pictures and stories people are telling it is clear how
Your eidel and lechtige, teire middos shone thru.
Everyone is speaking about your yiras shamayim, your davening and your sincerity
You were not yet even 9 years old and yet you bought all of klal yisrael together in unity.
When I look at your pictures, I feel so sad. Sad for the life you lost and sad for the life we lost.
We cannot ask questions and we don’t know why…
But the pain is unbearable. It’s almost hard to survive…
Leiby, you are klal yisraels son, we all feel connected to your neshama
And we all mourn your loss as we desperately search for a nechama
You are now in a far better place than we are,
You are in Gan Eiden, in a special place reserved only for tzaddikim
Learning Torah with all our Avos , sitting near the Kisai Hakavod and knowing all the reasons.
While you are up in shamayim basking in the light and warmth of HAKADOSH Baruch Hu’s love,
We are down here crying trying to accept this decree from above.
Leiby, Leiby, you are now our rebbe, a pure neshama ripped from us so young
Please be a meilitz yoisher for us.
Please beg HaShem to redeem us from this bitter galus we have been in for so long.
Daven to HaShem to heal your holy mother and father , sisters, bubbies and zeidies.
That he should give them comfort, menucha, strength and love to be able to live out all of their days
Daven to HaShem that he let them know that you are very happy,
Watching over them in a special place where only the holiest neshama’s are allowed to be.
Daven to haShem to send us mashiach now! We cannot wait any longer!
We love you and miss you and you will always be a part of our family!

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 Jul 17, 2011 at 11:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Flgroup Says:

If you wish to do a good deed for Leiby's Neshama, then learn Mishnayos, say Tehilim, give Tzedukah etc, all other' s are just a "narishkeite"

Did you watch the clip? These were Goyim who wanted to express their sorrow with the Jewish community. I thought it was a very thoughtful gesture. Your post was "Narishkeite".

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 Jul 17, 2011 at 11:22 PM mo613 Says:

those of you who think this is so beautiful ,its a busha this is what chazal teach lo salachu ba cukus hagoyim,thatthe goyim want to so there sympathy is very nice but for yidden to do this though a Jewish baseball league is not the way chazal teach us to mourn , i guess its typical of our times when we are so far from true torah middos we get confused with what is real Torah teaching ie crown heights jewish basbel leauge give tribute to lieby kletzky zacher kadosh ivarchu.. hashem should be marachem un klal yisroel

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 Jul 18, 2011 at 01:09 AM Sherree Says:

That was a very nice gesture from the neighbors of the Crown Heights community. Please be mentchlech enough to understand it and accept it graciously. It was a nice thing to do, and it was an amazing thing they taught their kids.

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 Jul 18, 2011 at 01:28 AM NaarYisroel Says:

While releasing balloons בעצם has no significance, these were people from a different culture begging to participate in our צער, without knowing how to do so.So they picked balloons. We are fortunate that the Yidden they picked to express this feeling had the שכל and מענשליכקייט to respond in kind, and to accept them warmly, and participate in their plans. Not to do so would have been a חילול השם, and could חס ושלום have increased שנאת ישראל.

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 Jul 18, 2011 at 02:22 AM esther Says:

Reply to #10  
mo613 Says:

those of you who think this is so beautiful ,its a busha this is what chazal teach lo salachu ba cukus hagoyim,thatthe goyim want to so there sympathy is very nice but for yidden to do this though a Jewish baseball league is not the way chazal teach us to mourn , i guess its typical of our times when we are so far from true torah middos we get confused with what is real Torah teaching ie crown heights jewish basbel leauge give tribute to lieby kletzky zacher kadosh ivarchu.. hashem should be marachem un klal yisroel

the yidden didn't "do this".some kind,goyishe neighbors,who were in tears btw,wanted to show that they comiserate with us.interestingly,these people know that what happened to a family in bp is felt by all yidden and that their is an intrisic connection between all of us.

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 Jul 18, 2011 at 09:45 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
mo613 Says:

those of you who think this is so beautiful ,its a busha this is what chazal teach lo salachu ba cukus hagoyim,thatthe goyim want to so there sympathy is very nice but for yidden to do this though a Jewish baseball league is not the way chazal teach us to mourn , i guess its typical of our times when we are so far from true torah middos we get confused with what is real Torah teaching ie crown heights jewish basbel leauge give tribute to lieby kletzky zacher kadosh ivarchu.. hashem should be marachem un klal yisroel

You and post # 3 just don't get it. The Yidden were playing baseball. (I hope nothing wrong with that) Some Goyim approached them to express their sorrow and to show their support to what happened to Leiby. They gave them ballons to release. Shoud the Yidden have refused to participate? Should they have said, this is not our ways; Go away? I guess they never taught you some sensitivity in Yeshiva. Why don't you find out her our Gedolim acted and related to Goyim in certain situations? They showed and expressed their thanks and appreciation to Goyim on many occasions. It's people like you who often give Yidden a bad name.

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 Jul 18, 2011 at 10:12 AM Anonymous Says:

To those of you playing ball and on the field that night, please express to those wonderful ladies with the balloons, the Jewish community's thanks for their warm gesture. Please tell them it was posted on VIN to show how grateful we are and how sincere we know they are about feeling our pain. Please let them know we are all G-d's children and feel their love at this time. I am sure the Kletzky family would say the same. Thank you ladies!!!

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 Jul 18, 2011 at 10:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Thanks VIN for posting, great that we all see how to act respectfully to one another, regardless of race color etc, to those who dont understand, well you in the minority GET REAL! thanks again VIN

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 Jul 18, 2011 at 11:56 AM yoyoyo Says:

Reply to #3  
Flgroup Says:

If you wish to do a good deed for Leiby's Neshama, then learn Mishnayos, say Tehilim, give Tzedukah etc, all other' s are just a "narishkeite"

Ok God forbid your son is going to be kidnapped and killed. nobody will do this "Narishkeit" but for others leave it like this. you are not to say what is narishkeit. You wanna learn misnayes go ahead nobody is stopping you

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