Rabbi Masoud Hamou served the Parisian Mekor Haim community with distinction for many years until he succumbed to an illness further complicated by COVID-19. He passed away on March 25.

A respected halachic authority in France, he was consulted by many with questions in Jewish law. He also served as a dayan, or rabbinic judge, on a local Parisian beit din.

Dedicated to serving his community, the rabbi would give Torah classes from morning to evening, and they were always well-attended. In years gone by, when Hamou lived further away from his synagogue, he would walk more than an hour to get there on Shabbat.

He is remembered for his generosity in sustaining Torah institutions, both locally and in Israel.

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