Rabbi Menachem Porush z"l
By Yechiel Sever
Led by gedolei Torah, thousands turned out for the funeral of Rabbi Menachem Porush, chairman of Agudas Yisroel in Jerusalem, who served as member of Knesset for many years for Agudas Yisroel and worked to promote Chinuch Atzmai. He continued the Porush family tradition of public service to Klal Yisroel, and worked, together with his colleagues, in the struggles to strengthen the religion and chareidi community. He was 94 years old.
Rabbi Porush returned his soul to his Maker around midnight Sunday night after following his normal routine during the course of the day. Earlier that evening he attended a Seventh of Adar seudah for the Prushim Chevra Kadisha, of which he was the nosi. He spoke at that meal. Later he felt unwell and after a short time he returned his soul to his Maker.
The funeral procession set out on Monday afternoon outside the Agudas Yisroel House in Jerusalem. Among the rabbonim who took part in the hespedim were his brother-in-law HaRav Shmuel Auerbach, the Admor of Erlau, HaRav Moshe Zadka, HaRav Isaac Prag, and his son HaRav Naftoli and Rabbi Meir and his son-in-law HaRav Osher Tannenbaum.
Joining the levaya were HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, the Admor of Belz, the Admor of Tzanz and the Admor of Sadigora. When the procession passed his beis medrash, the Admor of Boyan came out and joined the levaya.
The maspidim recalled his many years of dedicated work to defend and promote the needs of the chareidi public.
When the levaya arrived at Har Hamenuchos Cemetery hakofos were held before the burial, in accordance with the Jerusalem custom. Once the grave was covered a mournful eulogy was delivered by the deceased's nephew, HaRav Noach Heisler, the rov of Sanhedria Murchevet.