18 Sivan 5779 , 21/06/2019

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Raskin

Dayan and Posek for the Lubavitch Community

London, England

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Raskin Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Raskin was born in 1961 to a family in the Beis Lubavitch community of London. As a youngster, he studied in the Tomchei Tmimim Chabad Yeshivah of Brunoy, a suburb of Paris, where he was fortunate to have been able to learn from eminent mashpi’im. Afterward, he continued his studies in Kfar Chabad in Eretz Yisrael and was chosen, together with five other students, to be a shaliach in Melbourne for two years. They were actively involved in the community where a yeshivah was being established; they delivered shiurim to the public, and in their spare time they occupied themselves with community affairs.
After his stint in Melbourne Rabbi Raskin traveled to the United States, where he soon met his wife, of the Sudak family. Until recently, his father-in-law, z”l, served as the head shaliach in the Beis Lubavitch community of London. Rabbi Raskin studied in kollel for two years in New York, after which he returned to his London community. In Tammuz of 1991, he was appointed Dayan and Posek for that community, a position he still holds today.
The Chabad community of northern London, which has existed for more than sixty years, numbers some eighty families. Besides his regular duties, Rabbi Raskin maintains a close relationship with the other Jewish communities of London. He delivers shiurim regularly and is responsible for the kashrus of a number of mikva’os throughout Europe. He likewise serves as a Posek for the Federation of Chareidi Communities in London, consisting of about 150 communities.
Rabbi Raskin was one of the RCE’s founders and served as an editor of Kesher, the RCE’s literary organ. Today he is a member of the Rabbinical Council, and many rabbis of other communities turn to him to clarify questions in halachah through the offices of the RCE.
In 2004, he published Siddur Rabbeinu Hazakein, a 700-page volume complete with footnotes and references. He is likewise the author of the two-volume Netivim Bisdei Hashlichus, dealing with halachic issues that are apt to arise while serving as a shaliach. The first volume won a financial prize through the RCE, which enabled him to publish the second volume.
Rabbi Raskin participated in the editing of the Shulchan Menachem series, the Shulchan Aruch Harav with English translation, and the new English edition of Hayom Yom. Recently, Rabbi Raskin founded a kollel in London to train young men in issuing halachic rulings, with an emphasis on serving as a shaliach. The kollel serves young men from London and beyond, and it receives financial assistance from the government. The kollel will gladly accept new applicants.
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