Last night, Yesochor Dov Hager married Chanah Kahane, daughter of Rabbi Dovid Zvi Kahane, son of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Kahane, London Spinka Rebbe. The chassan is the son of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Hager, son of Rabbi Yisroel Hager, Monsey Vishnitzer Rav.
Genealogy of the Chassan and Kallah
The kallah is the daughter of Rabbi Dovid Zvi Kahane; son of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Kahane, Spinka Rebbe in London since 1988; son of Rabbi Nachman Kahane, zt”l (1905-1977), Spinka Rebbe who immigrated to Israel in 1950 and established his Chassidishe court in 1957; great-grandson of Rabbi Yosef Meir Weiss, zt”l (1838-1909), founding Spinka Rebbe and author of Imrei Yosef.
The kallah’s mother is the daughter of Rabbi Avrohom Dov Twersky, Monsey Rachmestrivka Rav; son of Rabbi Chai Yitzchok Twersky, Rachmestrivka Rebbe in Boro Park; son of Rabbi Yochanon Twersky, zt”l (1903-1981), Rachmestrivka Rebbe in Jerusalem. Rabbi Avrohom Dov Twersky is a son-in-law of the Monsey Vishnitzer Rebbe. Rabbi Chai Yitzchok Twersky is a son-in-law of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Twersky, zt”l (1899-1968), Skverer Rebbe.
The chassan is the son of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Hager, son of Rabbi Yisroel Hager, Monsey Vishnitzer Rav; son of Rabbi Mordechai Hager, Monsey Vishnitzer Rebbe. The Monsey Vishnitzer Rebbe is a son-in-law of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Twersky, zt”l (1899-1968), Skverer Rebbe. Thus, he is both a brother-in-law and an uncle by marriage to the Skverer Rebbe; son of Rabbi Chaim Meir Hager, zt”l (1887-1972), beloved Vishnitzer Rebbe who authored Imrei Chaim and settled in then Palestine in 1947, establishing the Vishnitzer community in Bnei Brak and moved there in 1949; son of Rabbi Yisroel Hager, zt”l (1860-1936), Vishnitzer Rebbe and author of Ahavas Yisroel; son of Rabbi Boruch Hager, zt”l (1845-1893), Vishnitzer Rebbe and author of Imrei Boruch; son of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hager, zt”l (1820-1884), Vishnitzer Rebbe and author of Tzemach Tzaddik who was crowned as Rebbe at the age of 24; son of Rabbi Chaim Hager, zt”l (1795-1854), Kosover Rebbe and author of Toras Chaim; son of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hager, zt”l (1768-1825), Kosover Rebbe and author of Ahavas Sholom; son of Rabbi Yaakov Kopel Chosid Hager-Kapiletis, zt”l (d. 1787), Kolomayer Rebbe and disciple of Rabbi Yisroel Baal Shem Tov, zt”l (1698-1760), founder of the Chassidic movement. As one of the principal disciples of the Baal Shem Tov, Rabbi Yaakov Kopel Chosid served as the shaliach tzibbur and his treasured nusach is used to this very day by all of his Vishnitzer progeny.
The chassan’s mother is the daughter of Rabbi Dovid Twersky, Skverer Rebbe; son of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Twersky, zt”l (1899-1968), Skverer Rebbe who survived the Holocaust and founded the Chassidishe New Square community in Spring Valley; son of Rabbi Dovid Twersky, zt”l (1848-1919), Skverer Rebbe; son of Rabbi Yitzchok Twersky,zt”l (1812-1885), Skverer Rebbe; son of Rabbi Mordechai Twersky, zt”l (1770-1837), Chernobler Rebbe; son of Rabbi Menachem Nachum Twersky, zt”l (1730-1787), founding Chernobler Rebbe and author of Me’or Einayim. The Skverer Rebbe is the son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager, Bnei Brak Vishnitzer Rebbe.
The kallah a great-granddaughter, twice over, of the Monsey Vishnitzer Rebbe and both the chassan and the kallah are great-grandchildren of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Twersky, zt”l (1899-1968), Skverer Rebbe.
The Aufruf Shabbos
Theaufruf was held on Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim-Shekalim, February 13, at the main beis medrash in New Square, the Skverer community in Spring Valley, adjacent to Monsey. The aufruf had the participation of Rabbi Dovid Twersky, Skverer Rebbe, as well as thousands of chassidim that came, many by chartered buses, from Manhattan, Boro Park, Williamsburg, and Lakewood. On Shabbos morning, hundreds of young men, all friends of the chassan, escorted him to the shul with song and dance. Immediately afterward, the chassan recited the Brachos HaTorah, and the same friends encircled him in a spiritedsimcha dance. Theforshpiel was celebrated twice. First, immediately after seudah shlishis, when Shabbos was long over, musical instruments were played, and a second time after Havdalah. The second forshpiel had the additional participation of those that came by chartered buses from Boro Park and Williamsburg.
The traditional Seudas Ani’ im (feast of the poor) was given on Sunday evening in the Heichal Rinah U’Tefillah hall in New Square. The Skverer custom of having the Kabbalas Chasan and Hakafos on the night before the wedding was joyously conducted on Monday evening at the Heichal Rinah U’Tefillah Hall. That same night, thechassan and entourage traveled to the main Vishnitzer Beis Medrash in Monsey to have the Chassan Mohl (meal). Each event had the avid participation of the chassan’s fellow yeshiva students, family, and thousands of chassidim.
At 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, the large doors of the main Skverer Beis Medrash opened wide to allow in the thousands of chassidim that came to partake in the great simcha. The chassan sat regally at the head table, flanked by the important members of chassan and kallah’s families. The plaza in front of the beis medrash was prepared for the noble event.
In the late moments of waning daylight on Tuesday, the chassan was escorted by candlelight to the chuppah to await the arrival of the kallah. Right before the wedding berachos, the chassidim chanted songs that have been sung for hundreds of years. A hush enveloped the crowd as the kallah was brought, by her mother and new mother-in-law and their mothers, to the designated space under the chuppah. Again, special songs were sung as the kallah was led in the encirclement of the chassan seven times, stopping at his right side. As the berachos were being recited, the chassan and kallah, and the entire assembly, were in deep meditation. In spite of the cold, thousands of men and women, separately, witnessed the formal ceremony that fused the two families. Literally, the moment’s profound meaning and holiness could be felt, touched, and tasted. As the crack of the glass broken to remember the destruction of the Holy Temple resounded, joyous song broke out and everyone wished each other a warm, deep heartfelt mazel tov.
The Festive Wedding Dinner
The formal dinner was served for men in the main beis medrash, and for the ladies in the nearby Ateres Charna Hall. Thousands and thousands of chassidim stood on line to personally wish the fathers and the grandfathers a mazel tov. From the moment that thechassan entered, the tempo of the music, song, and dance were upbeat. Attempting to bentsch Birkas HaMazon, before 11:00 p.m., became an almost impossible goal. Thousands danced together circling the chassan and the fathers and grandfathers. After bentching, room was made in the main beis medrash for all the ladies that came to view and enjoy the Mitzvah Tantz, when the fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfather individually dance with thekallah, true moments of intense joy, tradition, and history.
The Week of Sheva Berachos
The schedule of sheva berachos is as follows: Wednesday evening at the Rachmestrivka Beis Medrash of the kallah’s grandfather in Monsey; Thursday evening at the Vishnitzer Yeshiva where the chassan’s father serves as Rosh Yeshiva; Friday, Erev Shabbos, a somewhat private sheva berachos will be conducted in the Skverer Rebbe’s home; Shabbos Parshas Terumah will have the sheva berachos at the main Vishnitzer Beis Medrash with the participation of the Monsey Vishnitzer Rebbe; Motzaei Shabbos will have sheva berachos conducted by the London Skinka Rebbe; Sunday’s afternoon sheva berachos will be led by the chassan’s father; and the Sunday evening sheva berachos is to be grandly celebrated by the Skverer Kehillah. The last sheva berachos will be held at main Vishnitzer Beis Medrash in Monsey.