Rav Menachem Porush zt”l


rav-porush[Updated, levaya info below.] It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Menachem Porush zt”l, the noted askan and shliach tzibbur who served as a Knesset member for Agudas Yisroel and United Torah Judaism between 1959 and 1975 and again from 1977 until 1994.  He was niftar at his Yerushalayim home at the age of 94.

Rav Porush was born on 25 Teves, 1916, to Rav and Mrs. Moshe Glickman-Porush. He learned at Yeshiva Etz Chaim, and in 1938 went to work abroad as a correspondent for various frum publications. By 1949, he had become assistant editor of the Kol Yisroel newspaper. In 1954, he became a member of the Agudas Yisroel Center in Israel, and a member of the Executive of the World Agudas Yisroel. In 1955, he was appointed chairman of the Agudas Yisroel Center in Israel. During this time, Rav Porush also founded Children’s Town to promote Jewish education and combat missionary influence.

rav-m-porush1In 1959, he was elected for the first time to the Knesset on the Religious Torah Front list, an alliance of Agudas Yisroel and Poalei Agudas Yisroel. He was re-elected in 1961, 1965 and 1969. Between 1969 and 1974, he also served as deputy head of the Yerushalayim City Council, and in 1973 he established Kiryat HaYeled, an educational center for chareidi children.

Although he retained his seat in the 1973 elections, he resigned from the Knesset on November 23, 1975. He returned to the Knesset following the 1977 elections, and was re-elected in 1981 and 1984. On September 29, 1984, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, a post he held until December 2 the following year. After re-election in 1988, he was re-appointed to the post on November 19, 1990. He retained his seat in the 1992 elections, but resigned from the Knesset for a second and final time on June 28, 1994.

Rav Porush also served as the nosi of the Chevrah Kadisha of Kehillas HaPrushim.

Rav Porush’s son, Rabbi Meir Porush, followed him into politics as a member of the Yerushalayim City Council and in the Knesset as a member of Yahadus Hatorah.

Rav Porush dedicated his life to tzorchei tzibbur and was a worthy emissary of the gedolim.

Yehi zichro boruch.

Update, 1:20 a.m. IDT: The levaya will be held tomorrow, Monday, at 1:00 p.m., beginning from the Agudas Yisroel building on Rechov Press, just outside of Kikar Shabbos in Yerushalayim. Kevurah will take place on Har Hamenuchos.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. He just attended an event for the KLehillas Prushim chevrah kadisha! with such mesiras nefesh, wven though he wasn’t feeling well.
    may he be a meilitz yosher.

  2. Buruch dayan haemes a true tsadik I remember seeing him at the malon hamerkaz a mere 8 months ago in his wheel chair he trully was an oived Hashem dedicated to the tzibur and make no mistake people who work for the tzibur get alot of hack and its not a easy job at all and they get the blame for everything and his legacy is trully one of selfless dedication not deterred by criticisim am oivid Hashem and dedicated to the gedolim too with his son carrying on in his path a true oivid Hashem dedicated to the klal too; yhi zichro buruch

  3. Well said when you called him a “shliach tzibbur”. he really was. And he was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. A genuine kind person, with a huge heart.

  4. I just saw this on aruts shevah:
    Rabbi Shalom Wolpe, of the Land of Israel movement said that ”Not many people know that Kever Rochel is in our hands because of Rav Porush’s actions”.
    I did not know that.
    blessed be his memory.

  5. Boruch Dayan Haaemes! May his dear family have much nechama and he should be a mailitz yashar for Klall Yisrael. Hamakom yenachem etchem betoch shaar avalei Zion ve Yerushalayim!