Dear Reader, I hope you enjoy this article. -Vitaliy If you love it, share it with your friends, enemies, and perfect strangers.(they can subscribe here). My Father — A Life Worth Living My father, Naum Katsenelson, passed away on August 10, 2023. I spent weeks trying to write about my father, but I failed miserably. As a writer, I have learned that there is no such thing as writer's block; either your idea is not fully developed and ready to come out, or there is a conflict between what you want to say and what appears on your pages. In this case, it was the latter. I realized I wanted to talk about him, but I kept coming back to myself. No one has had a greater impact on who I am today than my father. My mother, who dedicated her short life to her family, passed away when I was 11. Since then, my father has been both a mother and a father to me.
Thank you for sharing a bit of Naum with the world Vitaliy. I can feel your affection and love for this man and what a genuine warmth it brought to my soul just from reading about his life.
I am sorry to hear of your father's passing. I have loved and saved each image of his work , as received in your newsletters. I will share his story, and am grateful to have it.
Vitaliy - so sorry about your loss. Magnificent tribute. When I watched the video, the date of your father's birth struck me. To be born in Soviet Russia in 1933 was a kind of hell. It made me wonder - what do you know of Naum's parents? They had to be special people to impart their personalities onto your father, and now farther downstream. Be well.
So sorry for your loss, Vitaliy. May the memory of your father be blessed, זכרונו לברכה
Outstanding. I felt privileged to have read it. Thank you.
I love his art! With such a personality as he had. The beauty of his human traits are expressed in his paintings. I saw that the first time I saw one of his works of art. We all die and such a great memory to last forever in our own travels on this planet. Thanks for sharing.
R/ John Valente
Thank you for sharing with us, Vitaliy. This was a heartfelt tribute, his legacy of kindness and wisdom will continue to inspire and touch the lives of many.
A lovely tribute. You are your father's son, and your life and that of your children will be his blessing for us all.
My condolences. Like so many others, I've enjoyed reading about your father over the years as well as viewing his artwork.
First, my sincere condolences on the recent passing of your father. The empowerment of strong family ties and the tradition of continuity and purpose, provide significant meaning to life. Thank you for sharing your videos and candid comments of your own experiences. Shalom aleichem
My deepest condolences. That’s a wonderful obit for your father, I never met him (but enjoy his paintings) and only know you through your online writing, but he inspires me to be a better teacher, father and man. Thank you.
Sorry about the loss of your father. He was a wonderful person. Thanks for sharing this.
Vitaliy: Condolences to you and each member of your family for your loss. What a wonderful, moving, and loving tribute to your father. Your words bring his character, kindness and impact alive. You—and anyone else who was touched by him--certainly were blessed to have him in your life.
Vitaliy I am so sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. This is truly an amazing tribute to a very special person.
Heartfelt thank you for sharing this beautiful life story. Namastê! The best of me pays respect and tribute to you and your family. Francois
Very powerful and inspiring eulogy. Sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing.