Rabbi Moshe Hager

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ricu­lum. He also helped de­velop ar­eas where his fol­low­ers could live en bloc.

Among the other items he in­tro­duced through his rep­re­sen­ta­tives, were buses seg­re­gat­ing men and women. These are now ac­cepted in sev­eral haredi ( ul­tra-ortho­dox) neigh­bour­hoods, de­spit­ing hav­ing aroused the ire of many Is­raelis. Yet po­lit­i­cally he was­con­sid­ered a lib­eral in that he was against the set­tle­ments.

How­ever, he never wa­vered from the stric­tures of the clas­si­cal, chas­sidic way of life. His four daugh­ters all mar­ried lead­ing lights in the chas­sidic/haredi world, in­clud­ing the Sat­merer Rebbe.

By the time of his death Moshe Ye­hoshua had seen Vish­nitz be­come the sec­ond largest chas­sidic group in Is­rael, num­ber­ing many thou­sand fam­i­lies, liv­ing in Bnei Brak, Ash­dod, Re­hovot, El-ad, and Modi’in Elite. He was con­cerned that young cou­ples could live in rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive apart­ments and it did not mat­ter that they were not Vish­nitzer chas­sidim. De­spite suf­fer­ing bad health in the last ten years of his life, the Rebbe re­mained an au­thor­ity fig­ure to whom peo­ple turned for ad­vice. His two sons Rabbi Me­nachem Men­del and Rabbi Yis­rael are in dis­pute as to the Vish­nitz in­her­i­tance.

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