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The Gravesite was Located and now Many will Visit

After over sixty years, many Jews will visit the holy gravesite of the tzaddik who influenced American Judaism with his righteous teachings

Yosef Feffer 21/10/2009 15:47
Tonight will begin the Hilulah (yahrtzeit) of the Admor HaRav HaKodesh Rabbi Yisrael Hager of Radowitz ztz’l, a founder of American Jewry. HaRav HaKodesh Rabbi Yisrael was the son of HaRav HaKodesh Rabbi Moshe of Radowitz, author of “V’yikach Moshe” ztz’l. At the end of his life Rabbi Moshe ztz’l went to Israel and lived in Tzfas, city of the kabbalists. After he passed away he was buried in Tzfas. HaRav HaKodesh Rabbi Moshe was the son of HaRav HaKodesh Rabbi Yosef Alter of Radowitz ztz’l, one of the sons of HaRav HaKodesh “HaToras Chaim” of Kasav, ztz’l, who also came to Israel at the end of his life, and was buried at the gravesite of the Amora Rav Avdimi of Haifa zy’a.

HaRav HaKodesh Rabbi Yisrael ztz’l came to the United States when it was considered a religiously undeveloped country. The American Jewish scene was as yet desolate. As soon as he arrived in the US, he established a Beis Midrash in the heart of Manhattan, where he continued in his avodas hakodesh, in the teachings of the tzaddikim of Radowitz and Kasav. The place was known as a magnet for Torah scholars, chassidim, and men of action.

In his lifetime he worked incessantly for Torah and Chassidus. Among other things, he established a Yeshivah called Toras Chaim. He also founded the organization “Society of the Children of Israel for Torah and Heritage.” It was known that he supported the Beis Midrash of Kasov Tunis in Tzfas, to which he sent large sums of money. Additionally, he founded an orphanage in Tzfas where orphaned boys were educated in way of the Torah.

The Admor Rabbi Yisrael Hager ztz’l labored for thirty years on US soil. Thirty years of the darkest period in American Jewry. He was the man who lit the Jewish spark for hundreds of Jews, and worked to arouse the Jews to keep the Torah’s commandments, family purity, Shabbos, and modesty.

But in 5703 (1943) darkness fell on American Jewry. To the distress of his friends and dear ones, the tzaddik departed on 3 Cheshvan, 5703 and was buried in the cemetery Beit David on Long Island, in the Radowitz section.

The gravesite of that tzaddik was almost forgotten. In those days not many ever visited the graves of the righteous, and only the Kehillah members came often to visit his grave. Over time fewer visitors came, and people did not know where it was.
Several months ago a number of avreichim who had learned about his blessed endeavors in those days took the initiative and decided to locate the grave. After they made inquiries about the burial location, they drove to the cemetery, and to their joy they immediately found the grave. But their joy soon turned into sorrow. They were shocked at the terrible neglect of the site. Except for some old notes that were placed on the holy grave, there was only dirt and filth.

The askanim entered into the thick of things and restored and renewed the gravesite as properly befits the tzaddik who sacrificed himself in those days for the sanctity of Yisrael.

As mentioned, this evening will be the Hilulah, and the organizers have prepared the proper infrastructure to absorb the masses expected to come to the gravesite, including many whose grandparents benefitted from his personality and Beis Midrash. A large group of chassidim and men of action, led by prominent Admorim and rabbis will come to pray at his gravesite, which is located not far from the chareidi neighborhoods of New York.

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