18 Sivan 5779 , 21/06/2019

Rabbi Avraham Baruch Pevzner

Rabbi of the Lubavitch community in Paris, France
Rabbi Avraham Baruch Pevzner Rabbi Avraham Baruch Pevzner was born in 1953 in Paris and grew up in the local Lubavitch community where his father, the gaon Harav Hillel Pevzner, zt”l, served as Rav. Until age 20, he studied in the local Chabad institutions, including Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim in Paris. After that, he studied for a number of years in the Chabad yeshivah in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1976, the Rebbe chose him as one of a group sent on shlichus in Yerushalayim. For the next two years, he studied in the yeshivos Torat Emet and Tzemach Tzedek in the Old City.
In 1978, Rabbi Pevzner married his wife, a member of the Levenhertz family, and settled in Yerushalayim, as the Rebbe had advised him to do. He continued his shlichus while studying in the Tzemach Tzedek kollel and teaching in Yeshivas Toras Emes. He delivered shiurim and held farbrengens throughout Eretz Yisrael, and became involved in many community affairs.
At one point Rabbi Pevzner began working with Rabbi Yochanan Gur-Aryeh, who founded the Chabad publishing house Oholei Shem. As part of the editorial staff, Rabbi Pevzner edited the two-volume Chiddushei Tzemach Tzedek on Bava Metzia, as well as some thirty other volumes dealing with the Rebbe’s teachings. These books were published through the Vaad Lehafatzas Sichos, headed by Rabbi Zalman Chanin. Rabbi Pevzner’s Torah articles appeared regularly in Kfar Chabad’s Or Yisrael newspaper and in Beis Mashiach, among other publications.
Between the years 1995 and 2008 Rabbi Pevzner delivered an advanced shiur in Yeshivas Toras Emes in Yerushalayim and also served as mashpia there. After his father’s passing, in 2009, he was called to Paris to succeed his father as rabbi of the community.
Since then, Rabbi Pevzner has served the thousands of families who comprise Paris’s Lubavitch community. He spends the better part of his day responding to halachic queries, restoring shalom bayis in many homes, maintaining kashruth supervision, and involving himself in other activities vital to a community that seeks to operate in the spirit of halachah and Chassidus. He also delivers shiurim and lectures regularly, and he organizes farbrengens. As an active member of the RCE’s Council Member, he has done much to advance the organization.
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