Auction 048 Rebbes of Satmar, Sighet and Bobov - Books, Objects, Letters and Manuscripts, Broadsides and Printed Items

Elegant Pocket Watch of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar – Given by the Gabbai R. Meir Deutsch to His Son-in-Law R. Zalman Glick – With Dedication

Opening: $6,000
Sold for: $35,000
Including buyer's premium

Pocket watch of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar.
Mathey-Tissot ("Grand Prix") watch, 18-carat gold (marked). Switzerland, 20th century.
Open face (with crystal cover). Winding crown and suspension ring, with gold chain (14-carat). Placed in a blue velvet case.
On the back of the watch, engraved floral ornament, surrounded by an engraved dedication: "Zalman Glick, 11th Elul 1984".
Letter of authenticity signed by R. Leib Friedman enclosed: "Pocket watch used by the rebbe of Satmar. The watch was passed on to his attendant R. Meir Deutsch, who gave it as a gift to his son-in-law R. Zalman Glick. I received the watch from R. Zalman Glick" (Hebrew).


R. Meir son of R. Mordechai Leib Deutsch was the gabbai and attendant of the rebbe of Satmar for many years. After the rebbe's passing, he led the Bnei Yoel community in the rebbetzin's home in Kiryat Yoel, Monroe.


Diameter of watch: 6.5 cm. Case: 9X7cm. Good condition. Mechanism in working order. Minor crack to crystal cover.


The Holiness of Items of Tzaddikim - In the Teachings of Rebbe Yoel of Satmar

In his writings, Rebbe Yoel of Satmar repeatedly relates to the holiness contained in the possessions of a Tzaddik; and conversely to the prohibition of benefitting from the money of the wicked, warning not to accept funding from the Zionist state and the like.

In several places in his book Divrei Yoel on the Torah, the Rebbe describes the tremendous virtue of the belongings of the Tzaddik, which have the power to endow holiness for generations, since the "sparks of holiness" endure in them. Based on this concept, the Rebbe explains Yosef's influence on the Egyptians, who were sustained from his produce during the famine and drew from it "spiritual vibrancy": "…the property of Tzaddikim has the power to impart spiritual vibrancy…" (Divrei Yoel, Shemot, p. 33). Regarding the "aspect of holiness" contained in the belongings of Tzaddikim from "the root of their soul", he writes: "The possessions of Tzaddikim are precious to them… since they contain an aspect of the root of their soul… as they are particular not to steal…" (Divrei Yoel, Vayetze, p. 92).


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Holy Items Belonging to Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar