BDE: Yoka Rov, zt”l, Prominent Boro Park Rav and Posek.

BDE: Yoka Rov, zt”l, Prominent Boro Park Rav and Posek.
With a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Rav Shlomo Tzvi Kenig, zt”l, the Yoka Rov—a terrible loss to the Coronavirus, R”l. He was 75 years of age.

His passing, 8 Nissan, comes almost four years to the day of the petirah of his illustrious father, Rav Chaim Yeshaya Kenig, the previous Yoka Rov, zt”l (his fourth yohrtzeit falls on 13 Nissan).

His father, zt”l, was a world-renowned posek, a tremendous ga’on and Talmid Chochom, and author of the multi-volume Chukei Chaim, and he had served as a Rov in prewar Hungary. He was known for his enormous hasmadah, until his passing at age 94, four years ago.

It was in this home steeped in Torah and avodas Hashem that Rav Shlomo Tzvi was born 75 years ago, and it was the example of his father that he followed, in the toil and in the love for Torah.

His love for Torah was legendary, and if he was not immersed in his learning, he could be seen perusing old seforim in the vintage seforim stores, and in helping Yidden.

When he assumed the place of his father at the helm of Khal Cheshek Shlomo—Yoka, 1243 55th Street, he attracted crowds who came to witness his beautiful avodah on shabbos and Yomim Tovim.

His beautiful derashos, encompassing all areas of Torah and Chasdidus, inspired all his listeners, and his pleasant ways gladdened the heart of all those who came in contact with him.

The Rov leaves behind a beautiful family, with a number of children who great talmidei Chachomim and Rabbonim.

The Levaya will take place at 4:00 Thursday afternoon, at the Beis Medrash  of the Yoka Rov Z"L from where he will be brought to Kevura on the Pupa Beis Hachaim in Westchester.

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