Nachman Kletzky: Leiby Forever’ Song Helped Me Cope


reb_nachman_kletzkyThe NY Daily News reports: Leiby Kletzky’s dad says that a new memorial song about his slain son is helping him cope with the boy’s horrifying death.

Nachman Kletzky, 39, called into the Jewish radio show “Talkline with Zev Brenner” on WMCA (570 AM) early Sunday while Hasidic singer Lipa Schmeltzer was on the air talking about his ballad “Leiby Forever.”

“Every time I hear this song, every time I see this, it brings me back memories,” Nachman Kletzky said about the seven-minute music video, which features a montage of home movies showing Leiby grow from a toddler to a third-grader.

Leiby was killed last month after he was abducted off a Borough Park street. His dismembered body was later found – parts of it inside the freezer of accused killer Levi Aron.

Schmeltzer, 33, turned the tragedy into a song called “Leiby Forever.” It made its debut last week, selling for $3.99 on, on iTunes and at Jewish music stores in Brooklyn. A portion of the sales will go to the Leiby Kletzky Memorial Fund.

“You brought Leiby to life,” Nachman Kletzky told Schmeltzer.

Schmeltzer later told the Daily News that the father’s praise countered the naysayers blasting him for trying to make a buck off the gruesome case.

“I served my purpose,” Schmeltzer said. “To see the reaction of the father, to see how it helped him cope. It paid off for me.”

{NY Daily News/ Newscenter}


  1. Whenever we have an opprtunity or obligation to be menachel aveil R”L, we don’t know how are seemingly insignificant comment can strike a chord! We have to do ours!
    I remember asking my shver when shiva after shiva for a family member which particular visit or comment made an indelible impression. I was surprised by the seemingly simple comment of someone that seemed to have brought the biggest nichum!
    Parenthetically if I may add, he did say that cell phones were particularly abrasive. Phones rang non-stop and people sitting right there, up front, picked up calls and conducted conversations on the phone! Naughty!

    Personally I don’t have a taste for Lipa’s music but if he tried to be menachem a family through song, Kol Hakavod! And if he succeeded, as is evident, he was mekayem a gevaldige mitzva. Good for him! Doss Vill G-t!!