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Rabbi Irving Bunim's Memory Perpetuated In Event At Talmud Torah Nesivos Shlomo, Yerushalayim

By Yated Ne'eman Staff

The memory of Rabbi Irving M. Bunim z'l, was perpetuated at a ceremony at Talmud Torah Nesivos Shlomo in Yerushalayim's Har Nof neighborhood, in the presence of gedolei Torah, rabbonim, heads of Chinuch Atzmai and communal leaders. Members of the Bunim family, who flew in specially from America, were also present.

The event was held in the entrance plaza of the beautiful Talmud Torah building, which is named after HaRav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt'l. Hundreds of the school's students were present with their teachers, as well as a large crowd of visitors. The Talmud Torah's principal, Rabbi Akiva Gottleib, noted Rabbi Bunim's tremendous contribution towards laying the foundations of Chinuch Atzmai. He also stressed the importance of the school's work in providing an authentic Jewish education, inculcating both love of Torah and of practicing kindness, which has led many of its alumni to serve as disseminators of Torah and yiras Shomayim.

Rabbi Avraham Yosef Leizerson, one of the heads of Chinuch Atzmai, spoke on behalf of the organization. To begin with, he noted that in perpetuating the memory of this great man, Chinuch Atzmai is discharging a debt of gratitude to one of American Jewry's outstanding figures. Over fifty years ago, Rabbi Bunim responded eagerly to the call of the gedolei Torah and put himself at the service of HaRav Aharon Kotler zt'l, in setting this great educational project to ensure that Torah was not forgotten, solidly onto its feet.

He also praised Rabbi Bunim's son, Amos Bunim and grandson, Rabbi Shimon Glick, who were in attendance, who follow in their forbear's footsteps and continue his activities on behalf of multitudes of Jewish children, in the merit of whose Torah the world exists.

In his remarks, Rav Shlomo Lorincz, who worked together with Rabbi Bunim in America to raise funds to enable Chinuch Atzmai to survive, reminisced about the broad scope of his colleague's activity, in which context he acted as a faithful emissary of the gedolei Torah in America. He noted the major role that Rabbi Bunim played in the spiritual transformation of American Jewry.

HaRav Shmuel Auerbach began by mentioning what a merit he considers it to encourage the Talmud Torah that bears the name of his great father and stressed the great merit of the family of Rabbi I. Bunim. He ended by extending his blessing to the pupils, Klal Yisroel's future, to develop into sources of pride to all.

Rabbi A.Y. Leizerson then read out a letter of greeting from HaRav Michel Y. Lefkowitz.

"To his honor, my esteemed friend Rabbi Amos Bunim, and his exalted family,

"Since I am unable to participate personally in this event, which is being held to honor the memory of a man of virtue and an old personal friend, who was devoted to my family since the time we lived in the town of Volozhin, your dear and honored father, who was outstanding in his deeds and his fine character and esteemed with a good name, Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Bunim z'l, I would like this message to serve as my participation with you.

"How fitting it is to perpetuate this virtuous man's name in Hashem's house, in a place where our holy Torah is studied in holiness and purity by young pupils who have not yet known sin, where future generations are educated are raised to follow our Torah and heritage, which is our hope and our future. He was one of the select few in our generation who, with his recognition of the truth, clung to Torah and its sages, the great scholars of the time zy'a. With great dedication he was extremely active on behalf of the institutions providing a pure Torah education in our Holy Land and in establishing Torah in Klal Yisroel by opening Torah centers in America. His memory endures as a blessing in the tents of Shem, through the fiery love of Torah that burned within his heart. It is fitting that his name be perpetuated as a remembrance and a blessing.

"I extend my heartfelt blessing to his honor my friend R' Amos, to his son-in-law, my friend R' Shimon Glick and to all the members of the family, who follow in the holy footsteps of their dear parents z'l, with strength and splendor, with sense and wisdom. May Hashem be with you and may you merit long lives and good years, in fine health, joy and pleasure. May you always see abundant blessing and success in all your pursuits.

"My blessing to the distinguished rabbonim, the heads and directors of the Talmud Torah and to all the teachers who are occupied with holy work is that Hashem accompany them and bless their efforts with glorious results. May they educate generations of talmidei chachamim who fear Hashem and are outstanding in fine character, to honor you and all Beis Yisroel."

HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, rosh yeshivas Slobodka, added his blessings by expressing gratitude on behalf of the Torah world and the American yeshivos in earlier times to this great man, who was the principle address for matters pertaining to the building of Torah and Jewish education and for every holy project in materialistic America. Gratitude is also due for his great contribution to ensuring the survival of Chinuch Atzmai in the Holy Land.

Rabbi Meir Luria, one of the heads of Chinuch Atzmai, expressed his organizations thanks to and its esteem for the Bunim family, emphasizing the warm support extended by the family towards the organizations survival during the recent difficult period.

The closing address was delivered by Rabbi Amos Bunim, who emotionally described his father's character and his standing as confidante of maran, HaRav Aharon Kotler zt'l, to whose calls he always responded, fulfilling every mission that was entrusted to him. He also thanked the members of his family and the heads of Chinuch Atzmai who found it fitting to perpetuate his father's name in connection with the Talmud Torah.

After the speeches Rabbi Bunim removed the screen from the commemorative plaque, in the presence of the large crowd, as they listened to the good wishes delivered by Rabbi Tzvi Horowitz, spiritual supervisor of the Talmud Torah.


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