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What is an "Askan?" I have heard this phrase in relation to well-know Yeshivot and rabbis, but have no idea who an "Askan" is.
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asked Apr 27, 2014 at 22:43
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An עסקן is a community activist i.e. someone who is "osek b'tzarchei tzibbur" עוסק בצרכי צבור (cf Mi Shebaurach after Yekum Purkan prayer before Shabbos musaf where this expression is found)
answered Apr 27, 2014 at 23:19
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