Rabbi Avrohom Chanoch Glitzenshtein, a noted scholar and yeshivah administrator who compiled, translated and edited some 60 volumes on Chassidic thought, history and lore, passed away today in Jerusalem. He was 86 years old.

A longtime resident of Jerusalem, he often served as a liaison between the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—and Israel’s academic community. Perhaps his most significant contribution was the “Sefer Hatoldot” series, which chronicles the lives of the rebbes of Chabad.

Rabbi Glitzenshtein was born in 1929 in Jerusalem, where his father, Rabbi Shimon Glitzenshtein, served as administrator of Yeshivat Torat Emet and as personal secretary of Chief Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook.

In his youth, he studied in Chabad yeshivahs in Israel, where he was renowned for his studious nature and scholarship. In 1949, at the age of 20, he was appointed administrator of the Chabad yeshivah Tomchei Tmimim in Lod.

After his father’s passing in 1963, he assumed his position at the helm of Torat Emet.

In addition to his wife, Gitel Tovah—daughter of Rabbi Avraham Pariz, a legendary pillar of the Chabad community in Israel—he is survived by a daughter, Rivkah Baila.

An extended obituary is in preparation.