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YWN regrets to inform you of the Petira of the Vishnitzer Rebbe of Monsey, Hagaon HaRav Mordechai Hager ZATZAL. He was 95.
The Rebbe was Niftar on Friday morning, with his children at his bedside at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. He had been in and out of the hospital for the past few months. many times his condition turned critical but miraculously, he was stabilized. This past week his condition continued to deteriorate with his blood pressure dropping. His children were called to his bedside, and on Friday morning he was Niftar as Viduy and Shema were recited during Yetziyas Neshama.
The Rebbe was the elder of the Admorim today.
The Rebbe was known for his devotion to learning Torah: Learning around 18 hours a day and asking his Chasidim to study at least two hours every day.
He has thousands of Chassidim around the globe.
The Rebbe, Hagaon HaRav Mordechai Hager ZATZAL, was born in 1922.
Following the Petira of his father, the previous Vishnitzer Rebbe the “Imrei Chaim” [HaRav Chaim Meir Hager of Bnei Barak ], he became the Vishnitzer Rebbe of Monsey.
He has 14 children, 8 sons and 6 daughters. His sons serve as Rabbonim in Vishnitzer Batei Midrashim around the world. His oldest son, HaRav Pinches Shulem ZATZAL, served the Kehilla in Borough Park, Brooklyn, New York; Rav Yisroel is the Rov in Monsey, New York; Rav Mendel is the Rov in Kiamesha Lake, New York; Rav Yitzchok Yochonon is the Rov in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The other sons serve internationally: Rav Eliezer in Yerushalayim, Rav Aron in Montreal, Canada; Rav Duvid in London, UK; and his youngest son, Rav Buroch Shamshon, in Beit Shemesh.
He has hundreds of grandchildren, and thousands of great grandchildren.
The Levaya will be at 12:30PM on Friday afternoon from the Vishnitzer Bais HaMedrash in Monsey. There will be no Hespeidim as is the Minhag in Vishnitz. The Kevura will be in the Vishnitzer Cemetery in Monsey.
Boruch Dayan HaEmmes…
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