Rebbe Under Communism: The Ribnitzer Rebbe



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The yahrtzeit of Rav Chaim Zanvil Abramovitz (c.1902-1995), the Ribnitzer Rebbe, is an opportunity to discuss the fascinating life and milieu of an individual who grew up in prewar Romania, survived the Nazis, defied the communists and lived out the final years of his long life in Israel and the United States. He somehow kept the flame of Judaism alive in postwar communist Romania, serving his community, and maintaining his personal ascetic practices such as utilizing the freezing Dniester River as a mikvah. His miraculous survival and leadership remains a legacy which continually grows, as his gravesite in Monsey attracts visitors and petitioners in the thousands. 
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