A bereft community is mourning the passing of Rabbi Yosef Meir Kantor on April 12 as a result of COVID-19.

His scholarship was recognized early on, when as a newlywed he was invited to join an elite study group of Torah scholars, rising to serve as its head. Soon after, he became rabbi of the “Agudah Shul” in Monsey, N.Y., where he quickly became noted and respected for his inspiring Torah classes and practical guidance.

Recordings of Kantor’s lectures were broadcasted and shared far and wide, further spreading the humble teacher’s name.

Kantor faced the tragic challenge of losing his son, Rabbi Yonason Efraim Kantor, in 2015, but remained the same beacon of faith and positivity he was before the heartbreak.

He is survived by his wife, Chana, and their children.

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