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

Large Broadside – Against the Appointment of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum as Rabbi of Satmar – Satmar, 1932

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Large broadside issued by the Khal Yere'im of Satmar against the appointment of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum as rabbi of the city. Jibou (North Romania): Porolissum, 1932.
Six columns of text, describing the affair from the point of view of Rebbe Yoel's opponents. Includes an anonymous letter addressed to Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum, pressuring him to withdraw his candidacy.

The Controversy Over the Satmar Rabbinate
In summer 1928, shortly after the passing of R. Eliezer David Grünwald Rabbi of Satmar, elections were held to appoint a new rabbi. Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum won the elections, yet several members of the community attempted to disqualify the election, claiming that the results were forged. The severe controversy over the election lasted for six years, during which polemic writings were published on each side, and several repeated elections were conducted. Only in 1934 was R. Yoel Teitelbaum finally appointed as rabbi of Satmar.
The election of R. Yoel Teitelbaum to the Satmar rabbinate marked a turning point in the impact of the Orthodox and Chassidic communities in the Maramureş region and Transylvania. Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum turned Satmar into a powerhouse of Torah and Chassidism, with a yeshiva numbering hundreds of students and a dynamic Chassidic community.

Approx. 63X47 cm. Good-fair condition. Folding marks and creases. Tears to margins and folds, affecting text. Small holes. Stains on verso. Pencil inscriptions.

The Appointment of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum as Rabbi of Satmar