Rabbi Aaron (Ari) Raskin from Congregation B’Nai Avraham on Remsen Street was just named to the top 10 Global Rising Star rabbis in a new survey published by rabbis within the Chabad-Luvabitch movement. Per the announcement:
#4 Ari Raskin, Brooklyn, New York
Raskin founded Chabad of Brooklyn Heights and became the head of B’nai Avraham Synagogue both at the ripe age of 21. Ambitious and intelligent, he’s a prolific writer who has penned two books to date – Letters of Light and The Rabbi and the CEO
– with another soon going to print. And let’s not forget that he also earned the distinction of being the first Chabad rabbi to ever appear on the cover of National Geographic in 2006.
As for that second book, it’s about his letters on the weekly Parsha, or his Jewish lessons. Raskin tells BHB that he’s soliciting suggestions for the book’s title, and the winner gets a free ticket to the 2010 synagogue anniversary dinner. For more information, call Congregation B’Nai Avraham at (718) 596-4840.
Update 6/22/09: Raskin just sent us the following description of his new book:
My new work is a sequel to my first book, Letters of Light: A Mystical Journey through the Hebrew Alphabet. Again, I look at the letters. However, this time, I focus on large and small letters, as well as missing letters, in the context of each Torah portion, revealing new insights via the use of Chassidus and Kabbalah.
Congratulations to Rabbi Raskin!