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

Handkerchief of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar – Embroidered Initials of the Rebbe – Given by the Rebbe's Attendant R. Meir Deutsch to His Son-in-Law R. Zalman Glick

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Handkerchief used by Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar.
White handkerchief, with blue border; the letters J.T. (the rebbe's initials) are embroidered in the lower-right corner.
Letter of authenticity signed by R. Leib Friedman enclosed: "Handkerchief used by the rebbe of Satmar. The rebbe's initials – "JT" are embroidered in the corner. The handkerchief was passed on to the rebbe's attendant R. Meir Deutsch, who gave it as a gift to his son-in-law R. Zalman Glick. I received the handkerchief 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.

Handkerchief: approx. 49X46 cm. Good condition. Stains and minor wear.

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).

Holy Items Belonging to Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar