Thousands of peoples braved the frigid winter night, crowding the streets of Williamsburg to attend the levayah of Habachur Moshe Hersh Deutsch, Hy”d. They heard of his dedication to his parents, his she’ifos in avodas Hashem, and how he helped get Mesivta Shvil Hatorah started. They heard how he learned from his parents to perform chessed, internalizing these lessons and integrating them into his own life.
As the last maspid, his father Reb Shulem, began to speak, tears flowed freely as they listened to the father taking leave from his beloved son. The wailing of the crowd rose to a crescendo as Reb Shulem cried out, “A father is accustomed to bagleiten (accompanying) his son on his first day in cheder, and bagleiten him to his chuppah. It’s unusual for a father tzu bagleiten a son, especially a young son, at his levayah,” he cried out. “But we know that everything Hashem does is only good, only good…I plead with Hashem to give me and my family the koach to carry this burden and understand that it is only good.”
Moshe Hersh was a twenty four year old bachur who was beloved by all. Born and raised in Williamsburg to a prominent Satmar family, his home was a known address where the downtrodden could find help, a hot meal and a warm smile. “Reb Shulem and his wife were known to have a house which always welcomed the needy,” said Rabbi Dovid Niederman, President and Executive Director of UJO of Williamsburg, during his hesped. “He spent countless hours helping people with all types of issues. I knew Moshe Hersh quite well, and he, too, was a caring person who always made himself available to help.”