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Siyum at First Yahrtzeit of HaRav Moshe Hagar, zt"l

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On the first yahrtzeit of HaRav Moshe Hagar, zt"l, rosh yeshiva of Seret-Vizhnitz in Haifa, a seudas mitzvah and a siyum of Mishnayos was held in the Kollel Beis Tefillah leMoshe. It was attended by a large crowd from all circles, headed by admorim and rabbonim. The current Admor of Seret-Vizhnitz is president of the kollel.

The siyum and the hadran were delivered by the grandson of the niftar, HaRav Boruch Hagar, the rosh kollel. The main address was delivered by HaRav Menachem Dovid Hagar, av beis din of Shaatz, Vizhnitz and rav of the beis hamedrash, who seasoned his words with divrei Torah and Chassidus in the name of his father.

He spoke about his father's greatness in Torah and his unique character traits. He related how, when people visited his father during his illness -- among them many great admorim and rabbonim -- and blessed him with refuah sheleimo, he would always add the words, ". . . besoch she'or cholei Yisroel." Even at such times he was concerned about the situation of all the ailing of all Am Yisroel.

The next speaker was the Admor of Meilitz, who cited the ahavas Yisroel and the love and respect the rosh yeshiva had for every Jew. He spoke about the special relations between the Hagar brothers. This type of relationship, he said, prevailed not only between his father, the Mekor Boruch and his brother, the Imrei Chaim of Vizhnitz, but between all Vizhnitz admorim.

HaRav Chaim Pesach Horowitz, rav of the Belzer community of Ashdod, spoke of the importance of the days of sefiroh. He noted that the tikun for the failure of Rabbi Akiva's students to treat each other with respect is ahavas Yisroel, in which the niftar excelled.

After the seudas mitzvah, the group sang Av Horachamim and Rannenu Tzadikim.

The Admor of Pittsburgh was then invited to speak. He opened with words of praise for the avreichim of the kollel and for its head who organized the siyum in honor of one of the staunchest upholders of Torah in our times. He then spoke about the lofty character traits of the niftar.

Closing remarks were delivered by the rosh kollel, HaRav Boruch Hagar, who linked the event to the parsha of Behar, saying that the character trait of humility of Moshe Rabbenu was one of the character traits of the niftar. He was admired by people from all circles, because of his unassuming behavior.

HaRav Tzvi Vizhnitzer, rav of the Vizhnitz community in Ashdod, was honored with bircas hamozone.

After the event, seforim and journals published in memory of the niftar were distributed to those present.

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