Thousands attend funeral for Vizhnitzer rebbe, Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager


JERUSALEM — Thousands of followers attended the funeral of the Vizhnitzer rebbe, Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager, in Bnei Brak.

The funeral for Hager, the leader of the second largest Chasidic sect in Israel for the last 40 years, was held Wednesday at the Vihsnitz Torah study hall. Hager had died the night before at the age of 95; he reportedly had Alzheimer’s disease and other health problems.

Both of his sons are expected to succeed Hager as leader of the Vizhnitzer sect, which has about 500 families in Israel. The Vizhnitz Chasidic movement started in Romania and was revived in Israel after the establishment of the state.

Hager also served as the president of The Council of Great Torah Sages, the decision-making body of Agudath Yisrael.

Gur is the largest Chasidic sect in Israel.