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R’ Berel Raskin, OBM

R' Berel Raskin, Crown Heights fishmonger whose small shop on Kingston Avenue became a world-renowned commercial enterprise, passed away on Shabbos. Update: Levaya on Sunday. Full Story, Photos

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A True Tzaddik !!!
May 25, 2019 10:08 pm

BDE – Such a terrible loss ! Only HaShem knows of his many secret acts of chesed

I AGREE 100%
Reply to  A True Tzaddik !!!
May 26, 2019 12:28 pm

A Man Of Chesed .

Baruch Dayan Haemes
May 25, 2019 10:21 pm

What a loss to the CH community! As a young wife, he would share tips and recipes and help me choose something perfect to make for my husband. When I brought my children in, it was a special experience, seeing the fish and getting a lollipop and special attention. I am so sorry for the loss of this iconic community figure.

Baruch Dayan Emes
May 25, 2019 10:25 pm

A fine Chosid

big Z Schapiro
May 25, 2019 10:56 pm


May 25, 2019 11:14 pm

MAy Hashem grant the family comfort and strength

ברוך דיין האמת
May 25, 2019 11:34 pm

He will be missed!!!!!

So sad to hear... big baalie chesed
May 25, 2019 11:46 pm

He was always so nice when we came in … as kids it was so exciting to shop for shabbos and see the many types of fish … in addition he would always give us special attention … may HaShem comfort his entire family

Special Parents
Reply to  So sad to hear... big baalie chesed
May 26, 2019 12:21 am

I know Brocha Richler personally. To raise such a special person as Brocha shows what special Parents, Mr. Raskin a”h, and Mrs. Raskin yb”lc are.
Brocha, so sorry for your loss.

May 25, 2019 11:56 pm

My kids will miss him, he always treated them with candies. Was a kind man and real tzadik…..

I Am Shocked
May 26, 2019 12:54 am

We love this man so much
No words

May 26, 2019 1:06 am

Boruch Dayan Haemes,
What a sad loss. A true Mentch, Chosid, baal chesed and devoted husband and father.
To have raised such a beautiful and refined family, the most special family of all of crown heights, is a testament to Reb Rebel and to his wife YBL”T.
To Yossi and to the entire Raskin
Hamakom Yenachem Eschem besoch
shaarai availay Tziyon veyerushalayim.

Everyone Knew Him And Yet Not Everyone Knew Him
May 26, 2019 2:09 am

Reb Berel is a man who encompassed a very noble character that was the core challenge for Chassidim of his generation. At each turn of enormous hardship he chose to remain true to a higher order, to Chassidus and Hiskashrus. What is so exceptional about him is that he did this at a time when Jews were trying just to survive and most people (let alone a young יתום, a young capable fellow) did whatever it took to stay afloat. Each day day brought new hardships and each day he’d choose the path of Chassidus and hiskashrus in the face… Read more »


Well said.He will be missed

Rochel Greene-Black
May 26, 2019 2:38 am

A loving, caring person, all-encompassing, a paragon of Hachnosas orchim. He will be missed. May he be a meilitz yosher for all of K’lal Yisrael and may his family be comforted.

Sending hugs. 🌷
May 26, 2019 4:43 am

Dear Raskin family, so sorry to hear 😓 about your loss…what an incredibly special kindearted ❤ & warm individual he was…truly an exceptional person!… I have many fond memories of him, he always had a warm word for or me ,a smile, ‘a twinkle in his eye’…& as the saying goes; “they simply don’t make ’em like that anymore!”, he was really “one of a kind!” a true mentch! 🐟 🐳 🐡 🐠🐋 🐟.I am glad to have known him.😏 May he be a מליץ ישר for us all! המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים. -Devorah Lipsh (Schoenberg)… Read more »

שפיגל ירושלים
May 26, 2019 5:54 am

BDE A legend A great.man MHM Now👍👍👍

Chana Schoenberg
May 26, 2019 5:57 am

very upset to hear this. I often went reluctantly into his store, simply because I did NOT like fish. the smell made me crazy and nauseous.. he would say for you Mrs. Schoenberg, we have something special, it is fish but doesn’t smell like it, I promise, etc. I would go into that store, a real mesirash nefesh, because my husband wanted the best fresh fish, sushi, etc. but I did it, and Reb Raskin gave me a figurative pat on the back, calling me a good wife, to do such a thing. Don’t know all his children, but I… Read more »

Steven Goldstein
May 26, 2019 7:30 am

A truly nice person . He was a pleasure to take care of. He always had a smaile on his face.
We will miss him dearly.

Infectious Smile
May 26, 2019 8:51 am

To my dear friend and the entire family. Your home was a part of my childhood and the fish store was a part of my married life for over 35 years. There are a few things you can count on in life and one was Berke’s smile and friendly greeting. He always took the time to inquire about your family. Always had something nice to say. I never walked out without feeling cheerful. He was very special and will be missed. That kind of caring and service is rear. So sorry for your great loss. BDE Love always, A childhood… Read more »

May 26, 2019 9:52 am

BS”D A Heart of Gold. Loved the recent event where the Yeshiva boys played with a fish deliverey in front of the store. A Baal Tzedaka if he he thought one could not pay

A Giant Heart
May 26, 2019 11:32 am

Reb Berel was a gentle giant physically and figuratively. An open home and hand for all. The apple doesn’t fall far from its tree. Bassie and Zalman komar and entire Raskin families no doubt you will fill the giant footsteps of your patriarch זכרונו לברכה.

Such a wonderful caring tzadik
May 26, 2019 12:49 pm

I know him since around 1967. What a loving caring tzadik. A chasid of another generation. He really cared, not faked caring for others

Cheerfully came into see hEliezer And gittel koZak
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May 26, 2019 1:58 pm

Boruch Dayan haemes to the entire Raskin and Laine families. Berel was a very special warm mensch as I always entered his store he greeted me with warmth and happy to serve our needs. He made sure the carp sliced thin and with its fish eggs and white fish filleted

May 26, 2019 1:36 pm

We will miss him – always extra candy treats for my daughter when we picked up our Thursday dinner.

hEliezer And gittel koZak
May 26, 2019 2:04 pm

As I cheerfully came into see him he was ready to Giveme my thinly sliced carp and fish eggs and whitefish fillet he will defintely bring the moshiach now with all his kindness done for our community we will miss his smiles & kind words to us a lot

A loss.
May 26, 2019 2:17 pm

He wanted to know what you needed. Very nice. True loss for our Community.

Flatbush yid
May 26, 2019 9:30 pm

Wow a true Tzaddik
I remember always seeing his smiling face on fish packages and trucks. A yid who accomplished his mission and now he is basking in the lights of gan eden. BDE

ברוך דין האמת
May 30, 2019 11:35 am

He always wore a smile & that twinkle in his eyes! Bassie & family so sorry for your loss.
Rivky [Novitsky] Wilks

May 30, 2019 11:38 pm

Our beloved Mechutin Berel Raskin obm once told me that he remembered starvation as a child when his young father passed away from hunger, before his mother fled Russia with her 4 sons. Notice how Berel and his brothers went into “the food business” in one way or another! Never letting people go away from home or business hungry!

May 31, 2019 12:05 am

Berel Rashin obm was the prime example of the Rebbe’s true chasid! Awareness of his simple system is so beautiful: After deciding with his wife on the business they wanted to do, they consulted with the Rebbe, Upon receiving the Rebbe’s advice and bracha, they folowed it exactly, and asked the Rebbe AND the Rebbitzen for more when needed. All the while Berel Raskin was sincerely practicing the Torah’s laws regarding business matters and about how to treat and talk to people. (Besides, anyways, Torah just harmonized with his natural good nature and caring about everyone!) That is why people… Read more »

May 31, 2019 12:27 am

Reb Berel would give brochos, advice and sometimes recipes too! Most gratifying of all was the knowledge that the Rebbe was so so proud of him, that he gave the Rebbe true nachas,( and also that the Rebbe and the Rebbitzin really enjoyed the fish he always carefully prepared and selected for them!

May 31, 2019 12:38 am

Also, our Mechutin once admitted,” Every year I ask the Rebbe for a bracha that our children should have good teachers!” That is a lesson we can all put into practice too , and when we do we will remember Berel Raskin obm. When anyone recalls sayings, jokes, encounters, stories with or about our Berel Raskin obm, please write them down and share them with his family for some type of memorable project that can be shared with generations!

חבל על דאבדין
June 4, 2019 12:00 am

Dear Mr. Raskin, Just found out you were gone with no words of warning, so no goodbyes could be made by your fans! You? Youthful,ageless,humorous? I certainly counted on you to always be there in your store & greet me with your warmth & kindness as if I was a local ‘Choshuve’ or a serious customer when all I am is a semi outsider, tending to come late, often as you were closing, with really small purchases to make; still you were never haughty or impatient,& always tried to accommodate me as if my shopping made a whole lot of… Read more »

We need you
June 13, 2019 11:29 pm

We miss you and love you…

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