London - Tezdukah Of Reb Benzion Dunner Z"L Applauded In The Media.
London - Britain’s community of orthodox Jews is still in shock following the sudden death of the philanthropist who called himself “God’s postman”.
The official period of mourning for Benzion Dunner ended at the weekend, but friends say his absence will be felt for much, much longer.
Mr Dunner was a one-off. Two days before his fatal road accident, Mr Dunner opened his home in Golders Green, north London, to any member of his community who had been hit by hard times. According to one witness, thousands joined the queue.
Every one was received with a smile and an attentive ear - including a few, it is said, that Mr Dunner knew and did not like, but who were treated courteously all the same. He stayed up until 4am, so that no one went away empty-handed.
By then, he had distributed cheques totalling about two million pounds, [4 million USD$.] Even by the standards of orthodox Jews, whose religion requires them to be charitable, Mr Dunner was well known for his exuberant generosity.
One man who approached him during one of his visits to New York asking for US$200 was given US$15,000.
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