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, born 1902 – died 18 October 1995), was known as the Ribnitzer Rebbe (ריבניצער רבי‎), and considered a great Hasidic tzadik from Rybnitsa (present-day Transnistria, Moldova). Others, including singer Mordechai Ben David, who was the rabbis close adviser, maintain that he was born in 1893, making him 102 at the time of his passing.[1]

Rav Abramowitz was a prominent follower of Rabbi Avrohom Matisyohu of Shtefanesht.[2]

He managed to live a fully Jewish religious life even under Stalin's rule. He served as mohel and shochet. He often fasted 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.[3]

He left the Soviet Union 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, and Sea_Gate,_Brooklyn, before he finally settled in Monsey, New York, where he died on Isru Chag (Succos). He was believed to be 92 or 93 years old. He is buried in the Vizhnitzer Cemetery.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Hoffman, Yair (3 October 2010). "Monsey, NY - Thousands Attend Gravesite of The Ribnitzer Rebbe, Noted Tzadik and Miracle Worker". Vosizneias. 
  2. ^ "The Sthefaneshter Rebbes",; accessed 31 October 2016.
  3. ^ F.J. "Stories". Retrieved 31 May 2012. 

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