Thursday, September 25, 2008
New Williamsburg Vizhnitzer Bais Medrash
This past Shabbos, Parshas Ki Savo, the newly built Vizhnitzer Bais Medrash opened in Williamsburg on Lee Avenue at the corner of Clymer Street. Thousands of Chassidim came to capture its opening moments. It is on the very ground of the bais medrash that was dedicated by the Imrei Chaim of Vizhnitz. The Imrei Chaim established the Vizhnitzer community in Bnei Brak in 1949. In 1957, also on Shabbos Parshas Ki Savo, the Imrei Chaim came to the United States to dedicate the then new Vizhnitzer Bais Medrash on that very spot. The Rebbe's younger son, Rav Mordechai, the present Monsey Vizhnitzer Rebbe, served as rov of the bais medrash. Today, Rav Yitzchok Yochanan Hager, son of Rav Mordechai, presently serves as rov of the bais medrash.