Thursday, November 19, 2009

Rebbe Israel Hager (Ahavat Israel) in Karlsbad

The Vishnitzer Rebbe Israel Hager (Ahavat Israel), 1860 - 1936, in Karlsbad.
Karlsbad seemed to have been quite anti - Semitic because when the Jews bought their first houses in 1850, the inhabitants complained. It looks like that there was less (none ?) anti - Semitism in Marienbad.

From Wikipedia:

Yisroel Hager was born on August 20, 1860. He was the firstborn son of Rabbi Boruch Hager. He married the daughter of Rabbi Meir Horowitz of Dzikov. In 1875 he moved to his father-in-laws house and studied at great length with his brother-in-law Rabbi Yehoshua of Dzikov. 3 years later he returned to Vyzhnytsia and became very close to his grandfather, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hager. In 1893 he was appointed as rebbe in Vyzhnytsia. The young rebbe invigorated new life into the chassidus and it attracted many more followers from the surrounding provinces. He established many Talmud Torahs and also a yeshiva to which he appointed his son Rabbi Menachem Mendel as rosh yeshiva. When the First World War broke out he was forced to move to Grosswardein. He lived there until his death in Oradea on 2 June 1936[1]. In 1949, his remains were transferred to Israel and re-interred in Zichron Meir. His sons were Reb Menachem Mendel of Visheve, Reb Chaim Meir, who inherited his fathers position in Grosswardein; Reb Eliezer of Vyzhnytsia; Reb Boruch of Siret and Reb Shmuel Abba who died young. He also had six daughters.


  1. My grandfathers last name was karlsbad.. I never knew why his family had that name, if they descended from the town of karlsbad and took the name.. Very interesting for me to see the rabbis from karlsbad.

  2. B"H

    Hopefully there will be more pictures following !

  3. Is Siret the same as Seret, as in Seret Viznitz? Or does Seret mean something in Hebrew?

  4. B"H

    Looks like Siret and Seret is the same but just a different way of spelling.

    No, Seret is not Hebrew but a town in today's Romania: