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

Milchemet Mitzvah HaChadash – Supporting the Appointment of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum as Rabbi of Satmar – Satmar, 1929 – Handwritten Inscription Disclosing the Identity of the Authors

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Milchemet Mitzvah HaChadash – protocols, letters and Beit Din rulings by Romanian and Hungarian rabbis, supporting the appointment of R. Yoel Teitelbaum as rabbi of Satmar. Satmar: Meir Leib Hirsch, 1929. Mostly Hebrew, some Yiddish and Hungarian.
The book was published anonymously, yet inscriptions in this book (on the title page and p. 28b) by R. Aharon Shalom Weiss of Satmar, brother of the author, disclose the identity of the authors – Yechezkel Shraga Weiss of Satmar and Shlomo Yehuda Brach. Many signatures, stamps and inscriptions on the title page and endpapers of R. Aharon Shalom Weiss of Satmar, his father R. David Meir and others.
R. Shlomo Yehuda Brach was the nephew of R. Shaul Brach Rabbi of Kashoi, and a close disciple the Arugot HaBosem. He was an associate and supporter of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum.

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.
Milchemet Mitzvah Chadashah presents the position of the supporters of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum, with letters and responsa from Torah leaders such as R. Yehuda Segal Rosner of Sekelhid, R. Shaul Brach of Kashoi, R. Yechezkel Paneth of Deyzh and many others.

[2], 5-10, [1], 13-28; 12; 9 leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, including dark stains. Creases and minor wear. Minor tears and worming. Inscriptions and stamps. New binding.

The Appointment of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum as Rabbi of Satmar