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Irving Bunim: Torah Activist, Ardent Zionist

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My father was always outspoken, never hesitating to express his opinions, even when they were unwelcome. When someone attending one of his speeches during the Six-Day War criticized the IDF’s level of religious observance, he emphatically declared, “The young man standing at the Suez Canal, risking his life for Israel, is more righteous than you and I will ever be.”

Until his dying day, Irving Bunim was defined by his love of the land of Israel and the state of Israel. His life and his memory are a testament to that love.

About the Author: Chana Rubin Ausubel is a former national field director for Emunah Women of America, director and teacher at Machon Ora’s English-speaking women's division, and founder and director of Machon Maayan Bina, a school for English-speaking converts. She resides in Israel.


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My father, businessman and philanthropist Irving Bunim, z”l, was one of the foremost leaders of American Orthodoxy during its formative years. When he passed away in December 1980, Reb Moshe Feinstein declared, “This is not an aveilus d’yachid [a private loss]; this has the halacha of aveilus d’rabim [a public loss] because [he] represented the rabim of Klal Yisrael [the Jewish pubic].”

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