Yerushalayim: The Rav of the “Shawl Women” is Niftar


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HaRav Tzvi Aharon Rumpler Z”L was niftar on Monday morning at the age of 65. The niftar was Av Beis Din Tehillas Yisrael, as well as being the rav of the ‘Shawl Women’ in Yerushalayim.

The niftar was known to be a true talmid chacham, one who removed himself totally from worldly matters and dedicated his every moment to limud Torah and tefilla. He is also credited with bringing back many lost souls to a life of adherence to Torah and Mitzvos.

In 5772, the rav caused a storm as he began what has become known as the ‘Shawl Women’, acting contrary to the instruction of rabbonim of the Eida Chareidis. At the time, there were protests outside the rav’s home, but he was determined and succeeded in persuading some to follow what he believed to be the correct derech regarding how women should dress. The rav was also know for permitting followers to eat the controversial Braekel chicken.

The rav recently took ill and his condition took a sharp turn for the worse on Sunday evening. He was niftar during the morning hours on Monday. The levaya was held on Monday morning.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. BDE. I had the zchus of attending a Tisch of the Rebbe Z”L once in his home in Yerushalayim. Apparently he moved there from Monsey. We were staying at Prima Palace and his house was nearby. In any case there were not many in attendance. Mostly his family. He circled the Shabbos table a few times. I’m not sure if he held Hadassim as is the custom. He poured his wine and watered it down with boiling hot water from a thermos. Seemed like a holy Jew. I didn’t know about his connection with the “shawl women” until today. Oh one more thing. His Gabbai Mr. Glick (came with the Rebbe from Monsey) lives hand to mouth. He puts all of his money into publishing the Rebbe’s Divrei Torah with commercial copy machines. Pretty amazing devotion.

  2. I have never had the zechus of meeting the Rav. I learn his “Kocha shel Tefilah” everyday.
    They are not so easy to get a hold of but if you can, they will help your Davening immeasurably.
    He uses the whole spectrum in his Torah from the “Besh’t” to R’ Chaim and everyone in between.
    Truly a Talmid Chochom and Tzadik.
    Mee Yitayn Temuroso.