25 of the Tenth Month 5766
Thirty days ago, Nahshon Walls, surrounded by friends, died of cancer. Examining the date and doing the math, will reveal that Nahshon did, indeed, leave this world on 25 Kislew, the first day of Hanukkah.
The story goes like this. On Erev Shabbath Wayeshev, the Shabbath just before Hanukkah, a close friend of Nahshon's asked of him, "Please just make it until Hanukkah."
Defying doctors' prognoses, Nahshon only left when he was damn good and ready to leave. On the first night of Hanukkah, after "amen" was said to the last of the three brachoth, and the first Hanukkah light was lit, Nahshon expelled his last breath, and passed on into the next world.
That was how Nahshon died. For how Nahshon lived, I invite you click the Revava Discussion Boards link below which will take you to Remembering Nachshon Walls, z"l by David HaIvri.
I would simply add a small anicdote, I heard from Nahshon personally.
Nahshon designed and sewed various flags and traditional, Jewish four-cornered garments. His flags included those with Kahanist themes as well as the Medinath Yehudah flag.
While Nahshon was in prison, he took advantage of the "vocational" equipment available to him, such as sewing machines. Believe it or not, he actually made and sold via mail-order, Kahanist-related flags,...mind you,...using the equipment of the Israeli prison system. In order words, Nahshon used government-owned facilities and equipment to produce and to sell, the very materials which the Israeli government had been running around, trying to brand and confiscate.
And he did it right under the government's nose.
Nahshon Walls will be remembered for many reasons, including his mesiruth nefesh (self-sacrifice).
I also will remember Nahshon for his creativity and his innovation.
May his memory be for a blessing.