Tuesday, March 4, 2008
A New Low For (some in) Satmar
Recently the Williamsburg Satmar Rebbe made a Nesiyah to Europe. First to the Kivrei Avos in Hungary etc., and then to Antwerp for a Shabbos and wedding. His wife also made the trip, since her brother is the one marrying off a child in Antwwerp. It seems like his wife fell ill, had appendicitis or something while in Hungary, and had to be hospitalized. The Aronim, the Chassidim of his older brother Aron, are upset at him, and never miss an opportunity to scorn him. Although they claim to have a much larger crowd, both in Williamsburg and over the world, they're still very bothered by him. What gets me is how they're so sure that he's miles ahead of his brother in both Torah and Avodah, yet they don't miss a chance to belittle him. Is it all because of the shul in Williamsburg that they so need? Can they not survive without 152 Rodney? If he's so insignificant let him have his supposedly empty shul and his few people, and you enjoy your Rebbe and his thousands!
But no! They need it all, and they won't rest until the man is dead and buried, you'll excuse me. Every move the man makes is scrutinized and ridiculed by his brother's people, to the degree that even an outsider like myself, who hasn't really an opinion on who should lead, is swayed to the other side. They need to make sure that the brother has nothing and never will. They drag the now-deceased father through the mud by making him look like a fool who was taken advantage of for 5-6 years by a shrewd Gabbai named Friedman, who now controls the son as well. Soon, they say, that Friedman will turn on the son as well, and appoint somebody new, maybe the Brother-In-Law from Monsey, they say. Zol Zei Voyl Bakummen, I say, that's not the real thrust of the thread here. What bothers me is what they recently posted on one of their HydePark forums, when the Williamsburger's wife fell ill in Hungary. It seems like they think that the Shidduch he made is not prestigious enough, it's only epes ah Rov from Rumania, Rav Spitz from Bistricz, not someone like the daughter of the Vizhnitzer Rebbe from Bnei Beraq like their Rebbe married. So, they went and dug up an old Yizkor Book from Silagy that speaks about Rabbi Spitz and what he endured during WW2. I guess the fact that their Rebbe's father ob"m made the shidduch for his son, and wasn't concerned about what may have happened years back, doesn't count for much in their books.
Just Read It. Then tell me what you think. I don't want to write it out in English.
Hattip: Daily Yid.