Wednesday, January 6, 2016
The time in December '45 that "Rabbi J. Teitelbaum of Szatumare" was more Liberal about the Agudah and Israel
Obviously this doesn't refer to the Baal VaYoel Moshe, but, rather, his nephew, Reb Yoel Majer-Teitelbaum of Kiralyhaza. Later in Boro Park. See pic below. It seems like none of the Satmar Rov's sister's children considered themselves zealotrs, not him and not his brother the Sassover. They worked with the Agudah. Although the Satmar Rov was to have said that he too was an Agudist, a REAL Agudist, from before they changed their opinion regarding Zionism and the Jewish State. If my memory serves me right, and if I remember פאליטיק talk from years ago, the Kiralyhaza'er referred to himself as Satmar Rov for a while, until he was convinced otherwise by his dear uncle's people. Meaning they told him that the title was taken. I guess he figured his uncle was in Yerushalkayim in 1945 and was the גאב"ד עדה החרדית, so he was free to use it. The shul on Boro Park's 49th Street is where older Hungarians/Marmuresians gather to pray and reminisce. The old Rov passed away some 30 years ago. Maybe they speak about the fact that they're among the only Yiddish speakers without shtreimlech left in the neighborhood. I see they still use the palm trees on the signage; they still want the עצי תמרים yichus. After all, they are descendants.