Ki Tisa-Vizhnitz-The Power of Tzeddaka
The 12th of Adar is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Pinchas (ben Baruch) Hager of Borsha (1869-1941). He was raised not only by his father, the Imrei Baruch of Vizhnitz, but also by his grandfather, Rav Menachem Mendel, the Tzemach Tzedik of Vizhnitz. When he was only eighteen, Rav Pinchas was thrust into the position of a Rebbe in Borsha, a town on the Vishiva River by the foot of the Carpathians. Borsha was one of the 160 Jewish communities of the approximately 500-square kilometer Maramures (Marmerosh) district of northwestern Romania. After the outbreak of the First World War, the Rebbe fled to Budapest, and then to Vishiva and Sighet after the war. In 1926, his son, Rav Alter Menachem Mendel succeeded him as Rebbe in Borsha. He and his two brothers were murdered in the Holocaust. He was niftar in Sighet. On 26 Tishrei 1965, his aron was brought to Eretz Yisrael and was buried in the Vizhnitzer ohel in Bnai Brak.
“When you take a census of the Children of Israel according to their numbers – lifkuddeihem – every man shall give God an atonement for his soul when counting them, so that there will not be a plague among them on counting them (Exodus 30:12).” In order to bring close the redemption of Israel, lifkuddeihem, as in, “God will indeed remember you – Pakod Yifkod (Genesis 50:25),” all depends on the giving of charity, “every man shall give,” for the reward of charity is so great that it speeds the redemption. (Rabbi Eliezer of Vishnitz, Damesek Eliezer)