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Lot 18

Hilchot Rav Alfas – The Copy of The Rebbe of Siget, Author of Yitav Lev and of his Grandson Rabbi Yoel of Satmar – Long Gloss Handwritten and Signed by the Yitav Lev

Hilchot Rav Alfas, Part 6, on Tractates Bava Kama and Bava Metzia with the Mordechai and the Tosefta. Pressburg, 1838.
This copy was passed as an inheritance in the family of the rebbes of Siget and Satmar. On the title page is an ancient ownership inscription of Rebbe "Yekutiel Yehuda Teitelbaum" [author of Yitav Lev] and the ownership stamp of his grandson Rabbi "Yoel Teitelbaum Av Beit Din of Károly and its region" [the famous rebbe of Satmar who served earlier in the Károly rabbinate], in the middle and at the end of the volume, his signature appears twice more. On Leaf 100/2 is a long (cutoff) scholarly gloss in the handwriting of the rebbe author of Yitav Lev and with his signature: "Yitav". On leaf 23a is a correction of a word, in handwriting similar to that of Rabbi Yoel of Satmar.
The holy Rebbe Yekutiel Yehuda Teitelbaum (1808-1883), son of Rabbi Elazar Nissan Teitelbaum Av Beit Din of Drohobych and Siget, and son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe David Ashkenazi – Rabbi of Tolcsva who ascended to Safed.
Close disciple of his grandfather, author of Yismach Moshe Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum Av Beit din of Uhlya, who was close to Rabbi Yekutiel and revealed to him Heavenly revelations, things that were revealed to him by his Divine Inspiration. He was also a Chassid of Rebbe Asher Yeshaya of Rupshitz [he arranged the meeting of Rebbe Asher and his grandfather author of Yismach Moshe who said that Rebbe Asher is a true G-d fearing man]. In 1833 (at age 25), he was appointed Rabbi of Stropkow and after the death of his great grandfather he was asked to succeed him as Av Beit Din of Uhlya. One of the community public activists demanded him to leave his position as rebbe, not to receive pidyonot from Chassidim and not to lecture in length. After Rebbe Yekutiel refused, he applied to the government to expell him from the city. At that time, he was appointed as Rabbi in Gorlice and after a while he moved to serve in the Drohobych rabbinate.
In 1858, he moved to serve in the rabbinate of Siget, the capital of the Maramureş region where he established a large yeshiva at which 200 students studied in its prime. Among his disciples is the well-known Rabbi Shlomo Leib Tabak, author of Erech Shai and Ra'avad of Siget. His grandson testifies that "he was like a father, and carried them on his shoulders like a nurse carries a baby, and guided them to study Torah in holiness and purity". From Siget, his name spread throughout the country and thousands of Chassidim flocked to the city to receive his advice, blessings and salvation. He was known for his great holiness. Many stories are told of wonders he performed including wondrous things that were revealed to him by Divine Inspiration and also of his amazing wisdom. People in his generation said that he knew to read the minds of those who stood before him and many incredible stories circulate about this ability.
Written on his tomb: “The famous rabbi whose name is known, taught respectable and straight disciples, left behind valuable works”. Known for his books: Yitav Lev on the Torah, Yitav Panim on the festivals and Rav Tov on the Torah, and the Avnei Tzedek responsa.
His son who succeeded him was Rebbe Chananya Yom Tov Lipa Av Beit Din of Siget author of Kedushat Yom Tov, father of Rabbi Chaim Zvi Av Beit Din of Siget author of Atzei Chaim and Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum Av Beit Din of Satmar.
His grandson, Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum (1847-1979), was known from his youth for his sharp cleverness and his genius, his holiness and his amazing purity. After his marriage to the daughter of Rebbe Horowitz the Rabbi of Polaniec he settled in Satmar and taught Torah and Chassidism to a selected group of disciples and Chassidim. He served in the rabbinate of Orşova, Karoly (from 1925), Satmar (from 1934). In all the cities in which he served, he led a yeshiva and a large congregation of Chassidim. He stood at the helm of the faithful Orthodox Jewry in the Maramureş region and was known for his uncompromising zealousness. During the Holocaust years, he was saved in the famous Kastner train, reached Eretz Israel via Bergen Belsen and then traveled on to the US. There he established the largest Chassidic community in the world – Satmar Chassidim, which is until today one of the most dominant communities of Orthodox Jews in the US. He headed those who opposed Zionism and the State of Israel. He responded to many halachic queries and his works have published in dozens of books: VaYoel Moshe, Divrei Yoel responsa, Divrei Yoel on the Torah, etc.
[3], 2-60, 60-155 leaves. 43 cm. Good condition. Spotting, the first few leaves have old paper restorations on the corners. New leather binding.