My first memory of Levi was when i was around 10 years old. Once, me and my brothers went to Manhattan on a trip in honor of chol hamoed. We needed to eat somewhere, so we stopped off in the sukkah across the street from Macy’s and went inside.
I remember so clearly, seeing Levi there with his hat and grey sweater in sole charge and taking care of all the people in the sukkah. Upon seeing us, he approached us with a warm welcome, the first thing that came to my mind was, THIS IS THE TZIYUR OF A CHASIDISHE BOCHUR! He looked so comfortable in his role and was clearly completely devoted to spending his chol hamoed doing the Rebbe's work with warmth and a smile.
I remember the strong impression that the image of Levi in that sukkah had on me for a very very long time afterwards. This despite the fact that I did not learn his name until years later when I went to camp. When I saw him then, I remembered him right away because this memory and the impression and inspiration was so ingrained in my mind. Regarding my experiences in camp, as has already been written Levi really was a great and very funny head counselor.
As the years went by, even though I did not know him well, he always stopped to talk to me and see how I was doing, despite the fact that we really never had much to do with each other. I remember how good it felt to talk to someone as warm and caring as him, even if it was just for a few minutes.
The truth is, that these blogs about Nosson and Levi, really belonged up there even while they were alive, because they were real people that made a real difference in many people’s lives. This goes for the rest of the Deitsch family; they are a really special and inviting family. Their home was open to anyone that knew them, even just a bit. As a family they have had and will with G-d's help continue to have, an amazing impact on the community and Lubavitch at large, through all their shlichus work spread around the world, and their open home in Crown Heights. We have much to learn from such special people.
I hope and pray that the entire family will be able to overcome this terrible tragedy, and continue to be a beacon of warmth and light to the many, many people who appreciate them so very much.