Bunin, Ḥayyim Isaac

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BUNIN, ḤAYYIM ISAAC (1875–1943), author and teacher. Bunin was born in Gomel, Belorussia. He spent most of his life as a wandering teacher in Russia, Lithuania, and Poland, settling in Warsaw in 1929. Bunin devoted himself in particular to research on *Ḥabad Ḥasidism, on which he first published a series of essays and studies in Ha-Shilo'aḥ (1913–15, 1928, 1929, 1931). His monumental work, Mishneh Ḥabad, mainly a compilation from the sources and sayings of its leaders, appeared in installments from 1932 to 1936. His publicist writings and literary compositions were published in the Hebrew and Yiddish press after World War i in the journals Ha-Ẓefirah, Ha-Mizraḥi, and Ha-Toren, among others. In 1922 in Lodz he published and edited a journal entitled She'ar Yashuv. He also published Limmudei ha-Yahadut ("Instruction in Judaism," 1917) and his Ketavim (1936). He perished in *Treblinka during the Holocaust.

[Esther (Zweig) Liebes]