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Siddur HaShelah Shaar HaShamayim – Copy of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar – Segulah Book

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Siddur Shaar HaShamayim – prayers for weekdays, Shabbat and festivals, Yotzrot, Passover Haggadah, piyyutim and selichot for fast days, with the Shaar HaShamayim kabbalistic commentary by R. Yeshaya HaLevi Segal Horowitz – the Shelah. Includes Derech HaChaim, comprising all the laws pertaining to the prayer order, by R. Yaakov Lorberbaum of Lissa, and Sharbit HaZahav on all the laws of Brit Milah. Ashkenazi rite. Warsaw, 1882. Two parts in one volume (without title page of part I).
Siddur of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar, with his stamp from his tenure as rabbi of Karoly on the final page. The rebbe's name is lettered on the spine: "Yoel Teitelbaum".

[4], 347, [1] leaves. Lacking title page of part I. Approx. 21 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Creases and wear. Tears, including open tears, affecting text in some places. Paper repairs. Inscriptions and stamps. With original cloth bookmark. Original elegant gilt-decorated binding, with leather spine and corners, slightly worn and damaged. Book title and name of the rebbe lettered on spine.

Siddur HaShelah Shaar HaShamayim
The Shelah wrote in his foreword to the siddur: "Blessed be G-d… who guided me in the correct path… and brought me to the holy city of Jerusalem, on Friday of Parashat Vayetze 1621… the gate through which prayers rise… via Shaar HaShamayim (the gates of Heaven)". In his will, printed at the beginning of the siddur, he added: "I thought to compose this holy work, in order to print it and distribute it throughout the Jewish world, so that I may have a merit and share in all the prayers of the Jewish people".
Praying from this siddur bears the special segulah of the prayer being accepted and not going unanswered. As the Bach wrote in his approbation to the siddur: "We have no doubt that when it will become widespread amongst the Jewish people, whoever prays from it will not have his prayer rejected". R. Avraham Yaakov, first Rebbe of Sadigura, mentions this segulah in his approbation to the third edition of the siddur (Zhitomir, 1866): "Siddur Shaar HaShamayim by the holy Shelah, as the renowned scholar, the Bach, testified… there is no doubt that whoever prays from it, his prayer will not be rejected". The holy kabbalist R. Naftali Katz, author of Semichat Chachamim, ascribes this segulah to the author himself, the Shelah, as he writes: "…order of prayers… from the beginning of the year until the end of the year, arranged and composed by R. Yeshaya Segal author of Shenei Luchot HaBrit, and he was very attached to this siddur, and directed his descendants to publish it, to give the public the privilege of praying in this order, with these kavanot, and pledged that whoever prays with all his might in this order with the kavanot, his prayers will not go unanswered. Go out and see how people practice, and the approbations of the great Torah scholars of that generation… R. Yoel Sirkis author of Bayit Chadash, and R. Yaakov Rabbi of Lublin… R. Yom Tov Lipman Heller author of Tosfot Yom Tov… and they all concur that whoever prays with these kavanot, his prayer will not be rejected".
The Baal HaTanya reputedly prayed in his youth utilizing the Shaar HaShamayim siddur, and following the kavanot of the Shelah (Beit Rebbi, Berdychiv 1902, chapter 1).

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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