Chaim Zanvl Abramowitz

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Chaim Zanvl Abramowitz
Ribnitzer Rebbe
Term 1930? – 18 October 1995
Full name Chaim Zanvl Abramowitz
Born 1902
Botoşani, Romania

Rav Chaim Zanvl Abramowitz (Yiddish: חיים זאנוויל אבראמאוויטש‎, Hebrew: חיים זנוויל אברהמוביץ‎‎), known as the Ribnitzer Rebbe (ריבניצער רבי), was considered a great Hasidic tzadik and miracle worker from Rybnitsa (now in Transnistria, Moldova).

Rav Abramowitz was a prominent follower of Rabbi Avrohom Matisyohu of Shtefanesht.[1]

He lived in the USSR under Joseph Stalin's rule and lived a fully Jewish religious life. He served as mohel and shochet.

He fasted very often, and immersed himself many times daily in water that was sometimes only accessible by chopping away very thick ice. His Tikkun Chatzos (midnight prayer service) in sackcloth and ashes regularly lasted 6–7 hours, sometimes stretching as long as 12. He cried so much during Tikkun Chatzos that when he was done, the tears and ashes mingled so that he was sitting in mud.[2]

The Russian gentiles feared and revered him. The KGB brought their wives and children for blessings and experienced miracles.[2]

He left Russia in 1970 and moved to the Mattersdorf section of Jerusalem, where he lived for a few years before moving to the United States. He lived in Miami, Los Angeles, Boro Park, Seagate, Brooklyn, and finally settled in Monsey, New York.

Rav Abramowitz died on Isru Chag Succos, 1995, in Monsey, New York. He is buried in the Vizhnitzer Cemetery.

There is a Yeshiva in monsey that is named after him Talmud Torah Tashbar Nachlas Chaim over 600 children attend this yeshiva

They are currently building a campus where he lived on 55 Old Nyack Tpk

His Gravesite has turned into a place for prayer where thousands gather on specific days especially on his yurtzit

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  1. ^ "The Sthefaneshter Rebbes", Accessed 2007-07-09.
  2. ^ a b F.J. "Stories". Retrieved May/31/12.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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