Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday expressed his sorrow over the passing away of Vishnitz hassidic leader Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager.
Rabbi Hager passed away Tuesday night at his home in Bnei Brak. After Gur, Viznitz is considered the largest hassidic movement in Israel. Rabbi Hager was 95 years old at the time of his passing.
"We have lost a dear man, an exemplar, a great leader, one who led one of the largest and most important communities in the Jewish world – Vishnitz hassidim. He has thousands of students who will carry on his legacy for generations to come. Having devotedly led thousands of people, his passing is a major loss for ultra-orthodox Judaism and for the entire Jewish People," Netanyahu said.
The prime minister extended his condolences to the Hager family and to hassidim in Israel and around the world.