Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Konikov passed away on March 27 after contracting COVID-19.

He was the Torah reader for many years at Shain’s Shul in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Konikov didn’t just read the Torah; he sang it, lovingly applying the correct tune to each word. He was known for his precision, carefully enunciating each word, paying attention to the lesser known grammatical rules and nuances.

His day job was teaching Torah to young children at Lubavitch Yeshiva elementary school, where he gained a reputation as a devoted and loving teacher, always ensuring each child got the attention they deserved.

He is survived by his elderly mother, his son and his siblings.

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