It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rav Chaim Mordechai Kastel zt”l. He was 61 years old.
Rav Kastel was an outstanding talmid chochom, who spent his life devoted to limud haTorah and harbotzas Hatorah.
From the early morning hours, after davening vosikin, until the late hours of the night, Rav Kastel would sit in the bais medrash or his home and learn.
For years, he served as a rebbi, including at Machon Tiferes Bachurim, the yeshiva of Rav Shamai Blobstein in Monsey, NY.
Rav Kastel was a special person, with unique middos and an exalted level of avodas Hashem.
Last year, Rav Kastel relocated from Monsey to Montana Drive in the Brookwood neighborhood of Jackson, NJ.
He suffered a heart attack this evening and passed away shortly thereafter at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ, after being transported there by Hatzolah.
Rav Kastel’s mother was a daughter of Reb Rafael Eliezer Faivelson and a sister of Rav Shmuel Faivelson zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Bais Medrash L’Torah of Monsey.
His wife, Mrs. Lami Kastel, is a daughter of Rav Yehuda Cohen z”l, principal of Yeshiva of Eastern Parkway for many years. Her mother, Rebbetzin Danielle, after Rav Cohen’s passing, married Rav Henoch Leibowitz zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim.
The levayah will be held at 9:30 p.m. at the Congregation Sons of Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Chapel, located at 613 Ramsey Street, off of East 7th Street, in Lakewood, NJ.
Yehi zichro boruch.