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Vishnitzer/Skverer Sheva Berachos
During The Hurricane

The chassunah took place in New Square on Wednesday evening, October 24. Yochanan Hager married Margolia (Pearl), daughter of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Hager; son of Rabbi Yisroel Hager, Monsey Vishnitzer Rav; son of Rabbi Mordechai Hager, Monsey Vishnitzer Rebbe. Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, father of the kallah, is a son-in-law of Rabbi Dovid Twersky, Skverer Rebbe.

The father of the chassan is Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hager, Kiamesha Lake Vishnitzer Rav; son of the Monsey Vishnitzer Rebbe, and son-in-law of Rabbi Chai Yitzchok Twersky, Rachmestrivka Rebbe. Rabbi Yisroel Hager, grandfather of the kallah, is a son-in-law of Rabbi Elazar Meisels, zt”l (1914-1995), Uheiler Rav of Chicago and Miami.

On Monday, October 29, Hurricane Sandy unleashed its fury on the tri-state area of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, extinguishing electricity to tens of thousands of homes. That night, the Monsey Vishnitzer Rebbe came to New Square to join the Skverer Rebbe in celebrating sheva berachos. Hurricane Sandy did not exempt New Square, where every home lost electrical power. Skverer chassidim managed to equip the Main Skverer Beis Medrash with enough generator power to illuminate the event.

Tuesday’s final sheva berachos was held in the Main Vishnitzer Beis Medrash in Monsey despite the continuing storm and its many resulting complications. The happy event lasted late into the evening.

Nadvorna/Aleksander Shidduch

On Monday, October 29, Ben Zion Leifer was engaged to the daughter of Rabbi Feivel Eiger, Rosh Yeshiva Aleksander in Boro Park; son of Rabbi Meir Eiger; son-in-law of Rabbi Avrohom Menachem Danziger, zt”l (1921–2005), Aleksander Rebbe and author of Imrei Menachem; son of Rabbi Yehudah Moshe Tyberg-Danziger, zt”l (1892–1973), Aleksander Rebbe and author of Emunas Moshe; son-in-law of Rabbi Betzalel Yair Danziger, zt”l (1861-1934), Aleksander-Lodjer Rebbe; son of Rabbi Yechiel Danziger (1828–1894), founder of the Aleksander chassidishe dynasty.

Nadvorna Rebbe

The kallah is also a granddaughter of Rabbi Meir Rokeach, Kozlover Rebbe in Boro Park; son of Rabbi Moshe Rokeach, zt”l (1898-1970), Kozlover Rebbe who emigrated to the United States in 1931 together with his father, Rabbi Mayer Rokeach, zt”l (1871-1941), Kozlover Rebbe; son of Rabbi Avrohom Yehoshua Heshel Rokeach, zt”l (1836-1890), Pshemishel Rebbe; son of Rabbi Moshe Rokeach, zt”l (d. 1883), Karover Rebbe; son of Rabbi Sholom Rokeach, zt”l (1783-1855), founding Belzer Rebbe renowned as the Sar Sholom.

The chassan is the son of Rabbi Alter Menashe Leifer, Nadvorna Rav in Williamsburg; son of Rabbi Sholmo Leifer, Nadvorna Rebbe in Boro Park; son of Rabbi Sholom Leifer, zt”l (1895-1980), Nadvorna Rebbe who emigrated to the United States in 1926 and established his beis medrash in Brighton Beach; son of Rabbi Yesochor Dov Bertcha Leifer, zt”l (1845-1906), Nadvorna Rebbe in Satmar and author of Lekutei Yesochor; son of Rabbi Mordechai Leifer, zt”l (1824-1894), Nadvorna Rebbe and author of Maamar Mordechai; son of Rabbi Yesochor Bertche Leifer, zt”l (d. 1848), founding Nadvorna Rebbe and author of Sisrei Torah.

The Williamsburg Nadvorna Rav is a son-in-law of Rabbi Yosef Rosenbaum, Kalsiher Rebbe in Flatbush; son of Rabbi Yesochor Ber Rosenbaum, zt”l (1905-1981), Strozenitzer Rebbe and author of Divrei Yesochor; son of Rabbi Isomor Rosenbaum, zt”l (1886-1973), Nadvorna Rebbe; son of Rabbi Mayer Rosenbaum, zt”l (1852-1908), Kretchnifer Rebbe who wrote kamayos; son of the Maamar Mordechai.

In addition to his beis medrash, the Nadvorna Rav of Williamsburg heads a kollel there with more than 50 participants, as well as the Tiferes Bnos girls’ school, which has an enrollment of more than 400.

Vishnitzer Shidduch

Vishnitzer chassidim in Bnei Brak were preparing for the departure of their beloved leader, Rabbi Yisroel Hager, Bnai Brak Vishnitzer Rebbe, to America for a three-week visit that would include his participation at the wedding of a grandson. Then came the news that another of the Rebbe’s grandsons had become engaged. Menachem Mendel Hager, son of Rabbi Yitzchok Yeshaya Hager, was betrothed to the daughter of Rabbi Shlomo Goldman, Zvhiller Rebbe of Union City. The chassan is also a grandson of Rabbi Paneth, zt”l, Deijer Rebbe of Jerusalem.

The kallah is a granddaughter of Rabbi Avrohom Goldman, zt”l (1933-2009), Zvhiller Rebbe, and of Rabbi Yekusiel Yehuda Halberstam, zt”l (1905-1994), Klausenberger Rebbe. Rabbi Avrohom was the son of Rabbi Mordechai Goldman, zt”l (1910-1981), Zvhiller Rebbe and author of Gedulas Mordechai.

The match was concluded on Thursday, October 25, and celebrated on Motzaei Shabbos in the main Vishnitzer Beis Medrash in Bnei Brak.

New York State Armory

21 Kislev Annual Satmar Celebration

Supporters of Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe, have announced that their 21st Kislev Annual Celebration of the miraculous rescue during the Holocaust of Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum, zt”l (1886-1979), founding Satmar Rebbe and author of Divrei Yoel, will be celebrated at the New York State Armory in Williamsburg (355 Marcy Avenue), which occupies the entire square (actually oblong) block bounded by Harrison and Marcy Avenues and Heyward and Lynch Streets. The armory, with its enormous capacity, has been the site of many chassidishe weddings and formal affairs. The upcoming major event, to be joined by tens of thousands of Satmar chassidim, will take place on Tuesday, December 4.

Satmar Chassunah In Jerusalem

January 23, 2013 will be a special day on the calendar of the many chassidim of Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe. On that day, the daughter of his firstborn son, Rabbi Chaim Zvi Teitelbaum, the Yerushalayim Satmar Rav, will be married to Moshe Chaim Labin, son of Rabbi Yeshaya Labin, Zidichover Rebbe in Williamsburg. The engagement took place and was celebrated in Williamsburg in April.

The decision to make the wedding in Jerusalem was just announced. Several travel agents are offering attractively priced packages that include air fare, central Jerusalem hotel lodging, car rental, and cellular phone rental, with travelers leaving Motzaei Shabbos Bo, January 19, and returning from Jerusalem on Motzaei Shabbos Beshalach, January 26.

Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe

The chassan is the grandson of Rabbi Naftali Zvi Labin, zt”l (1916-2009), Zidichov Beregsaz Rebbe who survived the Holocaust and settled in London and later moved to Williamsburg; son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Labin, zt”l (d. 1939) Zidichover Drohabitcher Rebbe; son of Rabbi Yisroel Yosef Labin, zt”l (d. 1902), Zidichover Rebbe; son of Rabbi Yaakov Naftali Hertz Labin, zt”l, Zidichover Rebbe; son-in-law of Rabbi Zvi Hersh Eichenstein, zt”l (1763-1831), Zidichover Rebbe and author of Ateres Zvi; son of Rabbi Yitzchok Isaac Eichenstein, zt”l (1805-1873), revered founding Zidichover Rebbe and author of Lekutei Maharea.

Today’s Zidichover Rebbe is the son-in-law of Rabbi Yonah Fulop, zt”l, Satmar rosh yeshiva and author of Higion Milev; son-in-law of Rabbi Yekusiel Yehuda Rosenberger, zt”l, Hy”d (d. 1944), Diyeresher Rav and author of Toras Yekusiel, murdered in the Holocaust.

The Jerusalem Satmar Rav is the son-in-law of Rabbi Ephraim Lemberger, zt”l, Makaveh Rav in America and author of Ateres Ephraim; son of Rabbi Moshe Noson Nuta Lemberger, zt”l (1909-1983), Makava Rav and author of Ateres Moshe; son of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Lemberger, zt”l, Polgar Rav; son of Rabbi Yehuda Leib Lemberger, zt”l Roshzono Rav. Rabbi Menchem Mendel was the son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Noson Jungreis, zt”l (d. 1889), Tisaforod Rav and author of Menuchas Moshe and Toras Noson; son of Rabbi Asher Anshel Jungreis, zt”l (1806-1873), revered Chenger Rav and author of Menuchas Asher.

Rabbi Ephraim Lemberger was a son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Spitz, zt”l, Bistritzer Rav, as is the Satmar Rebbe of Williamsburg. Thus, the chassan and kallah, both great-grandchildren of the late Bistritzer Rav, are second cousins.

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