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|Chaim Zanvl Abramowitz|
|Term||1930? – 18 October 1995|
|Full name||Chaim Zanvl Abramowitz|
|Died||18 October, 1995|
He lived in the USSR under Stalin's rule, yet lived a fully Jewish religious life. He served as mohel and shochet. He performed many ritual circumcisions and shechita's notwithstanding its illegality under Stalin's rule.
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.
The Russian gentiles feared and revered him. The KGB brought their wives and children for blessings and experienced miracles.
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.
- Video of The Ribnitzer saying sheva brachos
- Jungreis, Esther. "There Are No Accidents", hineni.org. Accessed 2007-07-09. "A story is told about the Ribnitzer Rebbe..."
- A message from MBD, the3ms.co.uk. Accessed 2007-07-09. "During the years of 1975 through 1980 I had the distinct honor and privelage to be in the presence of and to personally care for - one of the greatest Tzadikim and giants of the past generation, the Ribnitzer Rebbe TZ"L."ru:Абрамович, Хаим-Занвл (Рыбницкий Ребе)