Rav Pinchos Shalom Hager zt”l, Son of the Vizhnitzer Rebbe


rav Pinchos Shalom HagerIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Pinchos Shalom Hager zt”l, av bais din of Khal Toras Chaim Vizhnitz Monsey of Boro Park and eldest son of the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Monsey. He was 67.

Rav Pinchos Shalom had been hospitalized for several weeks and his condition fluctuated this past week until his condition deteriorated overnight.

Rav Pinchos Shalom’s father, Rav Mordechai Hager, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Monsey, is a son of the Imrei Chaim of Vizhnitz zt”l.

In his youth, Rav Pinchos Shalom studied at the Vizhnitzer mosdos and then at the Skverer Yeshiva, under his grandfather, Rav Yaakov Yosef of Skver zt”l, father-in-law of the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Monsey.

He then married his wife, a daughter of Rav Hershele Horowitz of Spinka, who resided in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Rav Pinchos Shalom was an extremely humble and soft-spoken person, who extended himself for others and was beloved to all who knew him. He endeared himself to one and all.

When he was living in Monsey in his father’s proximity, Rav Pinchos Shalom would utilize the public transportation services, like any of the other residents, not viewing himself as special in any way. He did not believe that as the son of the Rebbe, he should receive preferential treatment or respect.

Rav Pinchos Shalom lived in Boro Park, where he served as rov of the Vizhnitzer Monsey kehillah there. He also served as the nosi of the Vizhnitz Monsey mosdos in Boro Park, including the Vizhnitzer cheder, mesivta, kollel and girls school.

Rav Pinchos Shalom is survived by his rebbetzin and their children, Rav Yaakov Yosef Hagar, Rav Yisroel Hager, Rav Chaim Meir Hager; Mrs. Fisch, wife of Rav Yaakov Yosef Fisch; Mrs. Stein, wife of Rav Meir Boruch Stein; Mrs. Schneeblag, wife of Rav Yisroel Scheebalg; Mrs. Friedman, wife of Rav Shlomo Leib Friedman; Mrs. Tirnauer, wife of Rav Chaim Shlomo Tirnauer; and Mrs. Beck, wife of Rav Boruch Beck.

The levayah will take place at 2 p.m. at the Vizhnitzer Bais Medrash located at 53rd Street and New Utrecht Avenue in Boro Park, followed by a levayah in Monsey at the Vizhnitzer Bais Medrash in Kaser Village.

Yehi zichro boruch.

Tonight, the wedding of a great-granddaughter of the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Monsey is scheduled to be held. The kallah is a granddaughter of the Rebbe’s son, Rav Menachem Mendel Hager, who leads the Vizhnitzer kehillah in Kiamesha Lake. The kallah is a daughter of Reb Dovid Twerski. The chosson is a grandson of the Chernobler Rebbe, a son of his son, Reb Mordehcai Twerski, rosh kollel of Chernobler Elad And son-in-law of the Rachmastrivke Rebbe of America. The wedding will be held in Ramat Elchonon, Bnei Brak.

{Gavriel Sitrit-Matzav.com Newscenter}