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Rabbi Dovid Bunim Ochs

March 9th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Rabbi Dovid Bunim Ochs

דוד בונם ב"ר קלונימוס קלמן

Rav, Talmud Torah Eitz Chaim of Toronto

Date of Death: Sat. June 22, 1985 - Tammuz 3 5745

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Cemetery Details
628 Roselawn Avenue
Toronto, ON M5N 1K9



Cemetery Map:

Notes: There are a number of organizations that have plots / sections at this location. Many of the sections are independently owned and cared for.

Directions to Kever: Roselawn Avenue Cemeteries in Toronto, Canada. Location: Section: Beth Lida

Biographical Notes:

Credit: IFJCAH

Tags: Canada · Toronto, ON

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  • 1 YD Miller // Mar 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Dos Yiddische Vort upon hin passing:

  • 2 Ben Bee Zee // Mar 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    הרב ר’ דוד בונם אקס, נולד בשנת תרס”ה בעיר הרבוזאוו (פלך זבארוב שבפולין) לאביו הרבני החסיד ר’ קלונמיס קלמן הי”ד חסיד טשארטקוב מובהק מגזע בעל ה’תבואות שור’.

    למד אצל הגאונים ר’ אברהם מנחם שטיינבערג אב”ד בראדי ובמח”ס מחזה אברהם, ואצל ר’ בנציון כ”ץ אב”ד טשערנאוויץ, ונסמך להוראה מהם, וגם שמש אצל אב”ד בראד למשך של ד’ שבועות עד שסמך עליו את ידו, ואצל הגאון ר’ אהרן באקשט אב”ד שאוועל.

    במלחמת העולם הראשונה היגר ביחד עם אביו וכל משפחתו לוויען בירת אוסטרי’, בשנת תרפ”ח התחתן עם הרבנית מירל עטל בת הרבני החסיד ר’ שמואל יצחק רייך מגזע רבנים גדולים.

    שמש ברבנות יותר מחמשים שנה, מתרצ”א עד תרצ”ד שמש ברבנות בביהכ”נ שומר הברית בוויען, אח”כ עד תרצ”ח בביהכ”נ בני ברית שהיה נקרא ‘קאשעל שוהל’ שהיה קהלה ארטדוקסיס גדולה, ושמש ג”כ כחבר בי דינא דשם, כשפלשו הנאצים לאוסטרי’ נמלט משם לאנגלי’ ובת”ש נבחר לשמש ברבנות בקהלת בית ישראל-רומענישע שוהל ומנהל בית המדרש למורים של קרן התורה (כנסי’ מכינה) במאנטשעסטער עד שנת תש”ו. וכשהיה אז בנוא יארק אצל ה’אגודה קאנווענשאן’ הציעו לפניו את מקומו של הגאון ר’ יעקב קאמינעצקי שעזב אז את טאראנטא למלא את מקומו בביהמ”ד ‘תורת אמת’, הפרעזידענט של הקהלה בקש מלפניו לעזוב את פעולותיו בעד ה’אגודה’ ולקבל עליו את עול הרבנות דשם, (רוב הקהלות בטאראנטא בעת ההוא היו נוטים למזרחי), תחלה סירב אבל אח”כ התנה עמהם שני דברים הא’ שלא יהיה משועבד להפרעזידענט, והב’ שישאר אגודיסט.

    הרב אקס היה מהמייסדים של צעירי אגודת ישראל בוויען, והיה לו השיעור הכי גדול –של דף היומי- בעיר וכשהגה”ג ר’ מאיר שפירא היה בוויען בחר את שיעורו של הרב אקס לנאום שם. בעת היותו במאנטשעסטער פעל רבות למען כשרות והחזקת היהדות, גולת הכותרת הוא הפעולות שעשה בטאראנטא כשבא לשם היה מצב היהדות בתחתית המדריגות והוא העלה את רמת היהדות בכל התחומים לדרגה גבוה שבו נמצא הוא כהיום.

    נפטר ג’ תמוז תשמ”ה ומנו”כ בביה”ח של רח’ ראוזלענד עוועניו לשמאל של חלקת בית לידא

  • 3 curios // Apr 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm

  • 4 YD Miller // Mar 28, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Obit: Rabbi David Ochs (1905-1985)
    by Cynthia Gasner • January 31, 2012

    Horav David Ochs who died recently (1985) in Toronto after a prolonged illness, will be remembered for his unfaltering dedication to halacha and his commitment to outreach in the community.

    Rabbi Ochs was active in the Canadian Jewish Congress, the Jewish Vocational Service and many other organizations but believed in the separate integrity of Kashruth and education — the two priorities in his life.

    In 1946, Ochs, who had a pulpit in Manchester, England, attended an Agudah conference in New York. He came to Toronto for a brief visit with his wife’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Reich.

    He was invited to speak at the Torah Emeth Congregation on D’Arcy Street, where the pulpit had become vacant when Rabbi Jacob Kaminecki left to become the dean of a yeshiva in New York.

    The late Itche Meyer Korolnek convinced Ochs to accept the vacant pulpit, and it is said that he paid the travel agent not to find transportation back to England for the rabbi as he feared he would not return to Canada. Mrs. Ochs was left to sell their possessions in England and travel alone to Canada with their three small children.

    Ochs was born in a small town near Tarnopol, Poland, about 1905. His family moved to Vienna where he entered a yeshiva and received smicha (ordination) at the age of 17.

    Ochs met his wife in Vienna after her family fled from Poland. The rabbi had not received any secular education before his ordination.

    He began to study privately and after passing the entrance examinations, he entered the University of Vienna where he received a doctorate in history. He was recognized as an outstanding scholar and described by his colleagues as a “great orator.”

    In 1939, Rabbi Ochs left his pulpit in Vienna and escaped to England with his family.

    Nachman Shemen, the executive director of the Orthodox Division of Canadian Jewish Congress, remembers the day Ochs arrived in Toronto. “He was an extremely fine person,” said Shemen, “and he was an ardent member of the Rabbinical Vaad Hakashruth since its inception, more than 35 years ago.”

    After ten active years in Toronto on D’Arcy Street, and guiding the way for observant Jews to participate in a modern society, the respected rabbi had the first of a series of strokes he would suffer over the next 29 years.

    Despite his debilitating illness, the rabbi provided the initiative and assisted with raising the funds for his day schools as they moved northward to Burnside Drive and Viewmount Avenue.

    His family speaks proudly of the spirit of the patriarch. “My grandfather, to his credit, hung on as long as he could,” says one of the rabbi’s 17 grandchildren.

    The Ochs’ children are Susie Lowenthal, a teacher in New York, Rabbi Mordecai Ochs, the spiritual leader of Torah Emeth Congregation and Judy Bleich, who teaches Judaic studies and history at Touro College in New York.

    In an interview, Judy Bleich said that even before Israel became a state, her father had a concern for the land and he was a staunch supporter of Agudah Israel. She also noted her father’s ongoing attempt to communicate with younger people, often dropping his Yiddish to speak to them in English.

    Among the many local and international community leaders and rabbis who spoke of the loss to the Toronto community, Rabbi Joseph Kelman of the Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda said that Rabbi Ochs led the way in demonstrating that prewar Orthodoxy was compatible with modern society.

    Rabbi Moshe Stern of the Shaarei Tefillah Congregation said that during the years of Ochs’ active rabbinate, “he brought profound changes that influenced the direction of Jewish life of which so many benefit today. He left an indelible mark upon every facet of Jewish communal life and we are indeed a blessed community to have had him as one of our leaders.” ♦

  • 5 Ben Bee Zee // Mar 28, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    they should link to here from where they took the picture of the grave…. (which is actually from my collection)

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