Early Monday on Feb. 8, construction workers at the entrance to Yeshiva Toras Chaim stepped aside as subdued mourners prepared to say goodbye to Rebbetzin Leah Kagan.
Mrs. Kagan, wife of yeshiva co-founder Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan for 60 years and a beloved kindergarten teacher at Hillel Academy, passed away in the wee morning hours of Feb. 8.
She was 83.
The Yeshiva Toras Chaim study hall filled quickly. Men sat in the front while women gathered on the other side of a mechitza. Though separated by a horizontal table, the emotions unified in memory and prayer.