His nephew, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Eretz Yisrael, Harav Yisrael Hager, urged everyone to daven for the health of the Rebbe, Rabbi Mordechai ben Margulia
Rabbi Mordechai Hager was born in 1922, and at 95, is the oldest hassidic rabbi in the entire world. He is known for his devotion to learning Torah: he studies 18 hours a day and asks his Chasidim to study at least two hours every day. He has about 50,000 followers internationally.
He has 14 children, 8 sons and 6 daughters. His sons serve as leaders of his followers’ synagogues, in the United States and internationally. The eldest son, Rabbi Pinches Shulem ztl served the synagogue in Borough Park, Brooklyn, New York; Rabbi Yisroel serves the synagogue in Monsey, New York; Rabbi Mendel serves the synagogue in Kiamesha Lake, New York; Rabbi Yitzchok Yochonon serves the synagogue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The other sons serve internationally: Rabbi Eliezer in Jerusalem, Israel Rabbi Aron in Montreal, Canada; Rabbi Duvid in London, UK; and his youngest son, Rabbi Buroch Shamshon, in Beit Shemesh.