Rabbi Yisrael Hager, the Vizhnitz Rebbe
Rabbi Yisrael Hager, the Vizhnitz RebbePhoto by Yaakov Naumi/Flash90

The Vizhnitz Rebbe, Rabbi Yisrael Hager, on Saturday evening ordered that all of the Vizhnitz educational institutions be reopened.

Rabbi Hager, a senior member of Agudat Yisrael, gave the order during the third afternoon meal on Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) in his Bnei Brak synagogue.

MK Avigdor Liberman, chairman of the Yisrael Beytenu party, tweeted, "Bibi's landlord has gone crazy, and we're all paying the high price."

Meanwhile, earlier this month, Lithuanian-haredi leader Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky ordered schools to close due to the spread of coronavirus among the haredi community.

The haredi community is made up of several sectors, including both the Lithuanian-haredi community and several hasidic groups, one of which is Vizhnitz.