In Chicago Rabbi Morgulis taught Torah. That is what he loved to do. He was a people-person, very friendly and welcoming. While he taught at Arie Crown and Ida Crown, the
He was fascinated with Targum. One day he was so happy because the previous day he had an almost 2 hour block of time, so he went through eight pesukim in Daniel. He recommended Nefesh Hager over Adler's Nesinah L'Ger. I don't think he ever saw R. Pozen's Parshegen which only came out within the last 5 years or so. Once, very early in my studies of Tarhum, I found that vayikach has at least 3 different workds in Targum. I (thought I) found the pattern of when Inkelos uses which word and told Rabbi Morgulis. He laughed when I told him and I didn't get any other feedback. I later realized that this is one of the most discussed words in all of Tarum Onkelos, and he knew the yam about it, and I tried to explain it all in 3 minutes.
Remarkably but not unexpectedly, none of this is his legacy. He is most well known as the owner of Kosher Karry on Devon and Mozart in Chicago, which made the best Drumettes in the world, and to this day other stores in Chicago try to market their "Kosher-Karry-Style Drumettes" but all fall short. Rabbi and Mrs. Morgulis retired in June 2001 and Kosher Karry closed.
I really got to know him after his retirement when he would learn in Rav Moshe Soloveichik Shlita's Gemara shiur. His warmth, menschlichkeit and love of people were extraordinary. He also had stories of many gedolim or VIPs whom he had encountered or heard specific stories from people close to them. He was always full of support and lent us seforim (like on Targum). He was our resource in Targum and Dikduk, though I think his wife was his resource on Didduk.
This brief tribute does not to justice to Rabbi Morgulis, who was a wonderful man. An ish Chesed, who loved Torah and brought others close to Torah. But I feel required to pass along my impressions of him so those who didn't know him, or only knew him as the guy who made the best drumettes, so they know he was so much more than that.
May his wife, sons and entire mishpacha be consoled among the mourners of Jerusalem (which he and his wife loved so dearly, especially her being a Yerushalmis) and may the smile and shining face of Rabbi Morgulis inspire us to bring the love of Torah to many others.