The Seret-Vizhnitzer Rebbe


Seret-Vizhnitzer Rebbe 5[Updated and photos below]: It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Eliezer Hager, the Seret-Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Haifa.

The Rebbe was 91.

The Rebbe, a great tzaddik and mashpiah, was the older of two sons of Rav Boruch Hager, author of Mekor Baruch, who was a son of the Ahavas Yisroel.

The Rebbe was born in Grossvardein, Romania, on Motzoei Yom Kippur. As mentioned, his father was the Makor Baruch, the first Rebbe of Seret Viznitz and the scion of the Kossov-Vizhnitz dynasty.

The Rebbe grew up in Romania in the shadow of his zaida, the Ahavas Yisroel. He ultimately immigrated to Eretz Yisroel, and was arrested at the Haifa port and imprisoned in a detention camp. After his release, he joined the Haganah and fought in the liberation of Haifa and the Galilee as part of the Carmeli Brigade.

He married his wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Tzirel, daughter of Rav Shalom Ozer Braun of Kiryat Atta. The Rebbetzin passed away 14 years ago.

After the passing of his father, the Rebbe was appointed as his successor. His brother, Rav Moshe Hager, was appointed as the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Yachel Yisroel Seret Vizhnitz.

The Rebbe led his kehillah and chassidus with great wisdom, inspiring thousands across the world.

The Rebbe is survived by one son, Rav Yaakov Hager, who will succeed him as Seret-Vizhnitzer Rebbe. The Rebbe’s daughters are married to Rav Naftali Reuven Kornreich of Kossov-Vizhnitz Beit Shemesh, and Rav Aharon Tuvia Spitz. He is survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren who continue in his path of Torah and avodah.

The Rebbe had been battling back problems and a generally weakened state. Over the last two weeks, he had seen remarkable improvement and had resumed his kabbolas kahal. Overnight his condition deteriorated.

May he serve as a meilitz yosher for his kehillah and Yidden across the globe.

The levayah will be held tomorrow morning at the rebbe’s Seret-Vizhnitzer Bais Medrash in Haifa. The levayah will then continue on to Bnei Brak, where kevurah will take place.

Yehi zichro boruch.












































































































































































{ Israel News Bureau/Photos: JDN, Flash 87}