May 10, 2011
Rabbi Dovid Raskin, 84, OBM
Rabbi Dovid Raskin, one of the most prominent Chabad Chassidim who held many important positions in Lubavitch, passed away.
By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Dovid Raskin, one of the most prominent Chabad officials and Chassidim in the last generation, passed away on Tuesday, Iyar 6 5771.
He was 84.
A devoted and energetic Chossid, Rabbi Raskin played a key role in modeling the Chabad-Lubavitch movement under the leadership of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, with its focus on outreach and education.
As Chairman of the Central Lubavitch Youth Organization (Tzach), to which he was appointed by the Rebbe upon its founding in 5715 (1955), he spearheaded efforts to bring Jews from all walks of life back to their heritage.
Tzach, under his lead, has sent Chassidim and bochurim to New York City streets asking the famous question "Are you Jewish?" and offering to put on Tefillin, light Shabbos candles, learn Torah and keep kosher.
Chabad Houses in the Empire State have been established under his guidance, as were the iconic Mitzvah Tanks who reminded Jews about upcoming holidays. He also organized the Tahaluchos march to synagogues to inspire congregants.
In his position as Spiritual Director of the Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch at 770 Eastern Parkway, he taught and led farbrengens with bochurim, inspiring them to gain knowledge in Torah and Chassidus, be devoted Chassidim and do Shlichus.
Rabbi Raskin also had time to sit on the board of the umbrella Agudas Chassidei Chabad International, Merkos L'inyonei Chinuch, Machne Israel Development Fund, Associated Beth Rivkah Schools in New York and Vaad L'hafotzas Sichos.
At Lubavitch Headquarters - 770 in Crown Heights, he read the Torah in the Rebbe's minyan and was part of the organizing committee (Vaad Hamesader) of the Rebbe's farbrengens.
His repertoire of roles and accomplishments was so vast that the Rebbe once admiringly remarked about him, "How can it be that one man should fill so many positions."
He was born in 5687 to his parents R' Yaakov Yosef and Draiza Raskin. His family is remembered for living with and serving Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, the Rebbe's father, during his last days in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
One of his siblings was Rabbi Leibel Raskin OBM, a legendary Chabad figure who served for more than 40 years as the Shliach to Morocco.
He was married to Chava Elka (nee Feder) who passed away 24 years ago.
Their children: Baila Devora Raskin OBM, Shterna Sara Klein OBM (who passed away last week), Rivka Raskin - Crown Heights, Chaya Mushka Pearson OBM, R' Yitzchak Raskin - Crown Heights and Devonya Rubin - Crown Heights.
He is also survived by 12 grandchildren of the families Pearson, Rubin and Klein and 8 great-grandchildren of the families Seewald, Farrons and Klein.
He is survived by his sister Mrs. Tzivia Bravman of Kfar Chabad, Israel, and brother R' Sholom Ber Raskin of London, England.
LEVAYA & SHIVA
The funeral will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, leaving Shomrei Hadas Chapels at 9:45 am and passing by 770 Eastern Parkway at 10:45 am.
He will be buried in the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, near the Rebbe's Ohel.
The family will be sitting Shiva at the Rubin residence - 1535 President Street, Brooklyn, NY 11213.
The family of R' Sholom Ber Raskin - London, has asked that no one inform him of his brother's passing.
Baruch Dayan Haemes