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Stitzer Names His Son After the Boy He Had Forgotten in his Car

A year has passed since 4-year-old Chaim Boimel died after being abandoned in Nachman Stitzer's vehicle.
By Kochava Rozenbaum
First Publish: 8/21/2013, 2:44 AM

Stitzer at Court House
Stitzer at Court House
Flash 90

A year has passed since Nachman Stitzer, a teacher from Modiin Ilit, had forgotten 4-year-old child Chaim Chanoch Boimel z”l in his car while driving him to school. The boy was discovered, dead, lying on his side after being left in the sweltering heat for many hours.

After much time passed, Stitzer feels that they have come full circle: this week the family welcomed a new baby boy. According to a Yediot Aharonot report, they intend to name their son after the forgotten child, Chaim Boimel.

In addition, the grandfather of the toddler that passed away, with whom Stitzer has a close relationship, is expected to be honored as the Sandek, the highest honor at the circumcision ritual.

“I have a close relationship with the family; you could say we speak on a daily basis. I called the grandfather after my son’s birth and requested that he partake as the Sandek. I often say that this family has saved my life, and in particular, the grandfather has watched over me and has given me daily strength,” said Stitzer.

It was on Thursday, August 30, 2012, that Nachman Stitzer drove five students to school, and upon the end of the day he discovered that he forgot Chaim Boimel in his car.