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

Sefer HaZichronot 5713 – Notebook of Kvittelach Presented on Erev Rosh Hashanah to Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar – Names to be Mentioned for a Good Year

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"Sefer HaZichronot 5713", notebook of kvittelach presented to Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar, listing the names of his Chassidim to be blessed for a good year. [Brooklyn NY, 1952].
The notebook was presumably arranged and written by one of the rebbe's attendants, for the rebbe to have before him during the High Holiday prayers. Heading on the first page: "Sefer HaZichronot 5713", followed by over a thousand names of the rebbe's Chassidim, their wives and children (first name and mother's name). The names are arranged by family; with a blessing for a good inscription and sealing near each family. Some of the names also have requests for additional blessings, such as having children, finding a place to settle. Inscribed on three paper labels on the original binding: "Yaaleh Zichronenu LeTovah" (May our remembrance arise for the good).
The names include some of the rebbe's prominent and close Chassidim: R. Menachem Mendel Rubin (son of Rebbe Meir Yosef Rubin of Kerestir), R. Chaim Yechiel Rubin (son of Rebbe Yissachar Berish Rubin of Dombrova-Berlin), Rebbe Yechezkel Shraga Landau Rabbi of Veretzky and Nitra, R. Yoel Tzvi Roth Rabbi of Tiszaszalka, R. Yisrael Chaim Menashe Friedman head of the Khal Yetev Lev DeSatmar Beit Din, his brother R. Yaakov Steinmetz, and many others.

[48] handwritten pages (notebook numbered from left to right: 156 pages. The pages are written from right to left, on one side of the page only, on the endpaper and on pp. 156-64. Pp. 1-63 remain blank). 30 cm. Good condition. Stains and minor wear. Inscriptions on paper labels on binding. Cloth binding with leather corners, new leather spine (with gilt lettering: "Yaaleh Zichronenu LeTovah 5713").

The Divrei Yoel, Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar (1887-1979) was the youngest son of Rebbe Chananya Yom Tov Lipa, the Kedushat Yom Tov (1836-1904), and grandson of Rebbe Yekutiel Yehuda, the Yitav Lev (1808-1883), who both served as rabbis of Sighet (Sighetu Marmației) and were leaders of Chassidic Jewry in the Maramureș region.

He was renowned from his youth as a leading Torah scholar of his generation, for his perspicacity and intellectual capacities, as well as for his holiness and outstanding purity. At a young age, he was appointed rabbi of Irshava. In 1925, he was appointed rabbi of Karoly (Carei; in place of R. Shaul Brach who went to serve as rabbi of Kashoi), and in 1934, of Satmar (Satu Mare). In all the places he served as rabbi, he also maintained a large yeshiva and Chassidic court. He stood at the helm of the faithful, uncompromising Orthodox Jewry in the Maramureș region. He was one of the founding pillars of the Torah world in the generation following the Holocaust. After surviving the Holocaust, he emigrated to the United States, where he established the Satmar Chassidic community. He served as president of the Eda HaCharedit in Jerusalem, and as leader of Orthodox Jewry in the United States and throughout the world. His writings were published in dozens of books: VaYoel Moshe, Responsa Divrei Yoel, Divrei Yoel on the Torah and more.

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