Vizhnitz (Hasidic dynasty)

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Vizhnitz is the name of a Hasidic dynasty founded by Rebbe Menachem Mendil Hager. Vizhnitz is the Yiddish name of Vyzhnytsia, a village in present-day Ukraine. Followers of the rebbes of Vizhnitz are called Vizhnitzer chasidim.

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Lineage of the Vizhnitzer dynasty

  • Rebbe Yisroel Baal Shem Tov - founder of Hasidism
  • Rebbe Yaakov Koppel Chasid - disciple of the Baal Shem Tov
  • Rebbe Menachem Mendel Hager of Kosov - author of Ahavas Shalom - (son of Rebbe Yaakov Koppel Chossid)
  • Rebbe Chaim Hager of Kosov - author of Toras Chaim - (son of the Ahavas Shalom)
    • Rebbe Yaakov Shimshon Hager of Kosov, (son of the Toras Chaim)
    • Rebbe Yosef Alter Hager of Radovitz, (son of the Toras Chaim; grandson-in-law of Rebbe Moshe Zvi of Savran)
    • 1. Rebbe Menachem Mendil Hager of Vizhnitz - first Rebbe of Vizhnitz - author of Tzemach Tzadik - (son of the Toras Chaim of Kosov; son-in-law of Rebbe Yisroel of Ruzhin).
      • 2. Rebbe Boruch Hager of Vizhnitz - author of Imrei Baruch - (son of the Tzemach Tzadik).
        • Rabbi Chaim of Ottynia (d.1931) - author of Tal Chaim (son of the Imrei Baruch).
          • Rabbi Israel Shalom Joseph Hager, Admor of Stanislawow, (son of the Tal Chaim).
          • Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hager, Admor of Ottynia, (son of the Tal Chaim).
        • Rabbi Moshe of Shatz (son of the Imrei Baruch).
        • Rabbi Yitschok Yaakov Dovid of Storozhynets (son of the Imrei Baruch).
        • 3. Rebbe Yisroel Hager of Vizhnitz - author of Ahavas Yisrael - (son of the Imrei Baruch).
          • Rabbi Menachem Mendl Hager (1886-1941), Rov of Vishive — (eldest son of the Ahavas Yisrael).
          • Rebbe Eliezer Hager of Vizhnitz (1890-1945) - author of Damesek Eliezer - (son of the Ahavas Yisrael).
          • 4a. Rebbe Baruch Hager of Seret-Vizhnitz - author of Mekor Baruch - (son of the Ahavas Yisrael).
            • 5a. Rebbe Eliezer Hager of Seret-Vizhnitz - present Rebbe of Seret-Vizhnitz of Haifa - (son of the Mekor Baruch).
            • Rabbi Moshe Hager, previous Rosh Yeshivah of Seret-Vizhnitz - (son of the Mekor Baruch).
              • 6. Rabbi Hager, Shotz-Vizhnitz Rebbe of Haifa - (son of Moshe Hager).
          • 4b. Rebbe Chaim Meir Hager of Vizhnitz - author of Imrei Chaim - (son of the Ahavas Yisrael).
            • 5b. Rebbe Moshe Yehoshua Hager of Vizhnitz - present Vizhnitzer Rebbe in Bnei Brak - (son of the Imrei Chaim).
            • 5c. Rebbe Mordechai Hager of Monsey-Vizhnitz - present Monsey-Vizhnitzer Rebbe in Monsey - (son of the Imrei Chaim).
              • 6. Rabbi Dovid Hager, Rov of Imrey Chaim Community, London


Vizhnitz today

The head rabbis are also know as Admorim (Template:Lang-he, which is the acronym for "אדונינו מורינו ורבינו" "Adoneinu Moreinu V'Rabeinu", "Our master, Our teacher, and Our rabbi"), who are located currently in Bnei Brak and Haifa in Israel and Monsey, New York.

The Vizhnitzer Rebbe in Bnei Brak has two sons and four daughters. His sons-in-law are famous rabbis.The eldest daughter married Rabbi David Twersky, the Skverer Rebbe of New Square, NY. One daughter married Rabbi Issachar Ber Rokeach, the Belzer Rebbe from Jerusalem. One daughter married Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, the Satmar Rebbe from Kiryas Joel, NY. The youngest daughter married Rabbi Menachem Ernster, the rosh yeshiva of Vizhnitz Yeshiva in Bnei Brak.

His elder son is Rabbi Yisroel. A daughter of Rabbi Yisroel married the youngest son of his uncle - Rabbi Mordechai Hager. Another daughter married the second son of his brother-in-law - Rabbi David Twersky, the Skverer Rebbe.

His younger son is Rabbi Menachem Mendel. He became the Av Beis Din of the Vizhnitzer congregation in Bnei Brak after he had his brother ousted which lasted for eighteen years. Currently he is president of the Ichud Chasidei Vizhnitz (Union of Vizhnitzer Chasidim) - a newly formed offshoot member group.

Grand Rabbi Eliezer Hager is the Seret-Vizhnitzer Rebbe in Haifa, Israel, he is a first-cousin of the rebbes of Bnei Brak and Monsey. He is the son of Rebbe Boruch Hager, zt"l, author of Mekor Baruch, who was the son of the Ahavas Yisroel. There is also a Shotz-Vizhnitzer Rebbe in Haifa, Israel, a nephew of the Seret-Vizhnitzer Rebbe.

Grand Rebbe Shraga Feivel Hager, the Kosover Rebbe of Brooklyn, is a descendant of the Imrei Boruch and follows many of the customs of Vizhnitz. His namesake great-grandfather was a brother of Rabbi Israel Hager, author of Ahavas Yisroel.

Grand Rebbe Shmuel Yaakov Kohn, the Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Rebbe of Jerusalem was a student of the late Rebbe Chaim Meir of Vizhnitz, as well as the present Rebbe Moshe Yehoshua of Vizhnitz and has adopted many of the customs of Vizhnitz.

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