Anti-Semitism and Bigotry, Should Protesters and Party-Goers be Compliant? KJ Wedding and Covid-19

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Kiryas Joel wedding calls into question state’s order on large gatherings, religion

A high-profile wedding celebration is calling into question the state’s executive order when it comes to large gatherings and religion.

Thousands of people packed inside the Village of Kiryas Joel’s main synagogue on Garfield Road last Tuesday.

Video of the event given exclusively to News 12 shows people sitting shoulder to shoulder and without masks, on rows of bleachers and on the floor, during a Hasidic custom called a mitzvah dance, following the wedding of Grand Rabbi Aron Teitelbaum’s granddaughter.

Catering halls statewide have not yet reopened, causing many people to postpone their weddings, but Village Administrator Gedalye Szegedin says the event was held at a synagogue and falls under Phase 2 guidelines, allowing houses of worship to reopen.

Szegedin also compared the event’s size to recent protests saying, “Sometimes social gatherings are unavoidable and spontaneous as we’ve seen the multiple large protests all over the streets of the U.S.”

According to the New York state website, whether protesting or at a wedding, New Yorkers are required to wear masks and maintain a 6-foot distance in public.

Places of worship are permitted to reopen – but at 25% occupancy – with all social distancing protocols in place.

Village officials say despite the turnout, the synagogue was at 25% capacity and that masks – whether worn or not – were made available to everyone.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly said it’s up to local officials to enforce the executive order, which can include misdemeanor charges and fines up to $10,000.

County officials say it’s up to state police to investigate and that the governor has been notified of the apparent loopholes.

News 12’s calls to state police have not been returned.

A Secret and Massive Wedding, a Letter Promising Compliance to Governor Cuomo and Hypocrisy – Covid-19

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במיקום סודי: הרבי מסאטמר חיתן את נכדו הירושלמי • צפו בגלריה

תחילת השבוע נערכה שמחת החתונה של נכד הרבי מהרי”י מסאטמר, בן לבנו הגה”צ רבי חיים צבי טייטלבוים, אב”ד סאטמר בירושלים • מיקום החתונה נשמר בסוד בשל התפשטות נגיף הקורונה, ולחסידים ניתנה הזדמנות להשתתף בשמחה במעמד ‘לחיים’ קצר שנערך בסיום החתונה בביהמ”ד הגדול של החסידות בויליאמסבורג

Google Translation:

Secret Loaction: The Satmar Rebbe married his Jerusalem grandson. 

View the gallery. At the beginningof the week, the wedding of the great-grandson of the Rebbe from the Satmar, son of the High Court Rabbi Chaim Zvi Teitelbaum, Rabbi of the Satmar in Jerusalem was held. The wedding location was kept secret because of the spread of the Coronoa virus and the followers were given the opportunity to participate happily in a short “life” class held at the end. The Wedding was held at the Great Court in Williamsburg [NY].

Dear Readers:

“This is the Satmar Rebbe holding a huge wedding in Williamsburg earlier this week. He also signed a letter to Governor Cuomo asking for further openings and promsing full compliance with safety regulations.

Similar false promises are made by Haredi politicians and Agudah press spokesmen. They are hypocrites and their lies will cost more lives especially of their elderly members.” https://www.facebook.com/yerachmiel.lopin

By Continuing to Hold Minyanim in Brooklyn and Monsey, NY, Lakewood You are Committing Mass Murder!

“YWN is pleading with our readers to do anything they can to get the Monsey Minyanim – and the Minyanim in Boro Park, Flatbush, and Lakewood TO STOP.

People are committing mass murder by having these Minyanim.”

The Continued Observation of Minyanim (10 Men to a Prayer Group Minimum) and other Religious Customs (Regardless of Religion) Are Akin to Mass Murder – Bio-Terrorism

Dear Readers:

We are posting the entire post of the death of 39 Year Old Lip Friedrich Z”L. He left behind a wife and 6 children, the youngest of which is only five weeks old. That is a tragedy.

The Satmar Kehilla of Monsey has an obligation to support the wife and children, in our opinion, just like the families of suicide bombers. We take the viewpoint that if every member did not test negative or suffer from Covid-19 and survive, each member is a walking killing machine and should be viewed as such. Any coordinated prayer group that cannot affirm that all members are negative, have not been exposed to anyone or have survived Covid-19 is no different than a group of bio-terrorists. The religious affiliation is irrelevant.

We note that Yeshiva World News should contact us if they want us to remove their post as they likely do not support this page, except to the extent we apparently now agree on the magnitude of shutting down communal prayer. And, we hold to that position whatever the religious viewpoint.

We note that there is a Yiddish WhatsApp circulating, of which we have a copy, that tells where a Minyan is to be held, asking people to attend to say prayers for people (Tehillim). This is simply a request to spread a virus and is highly irresponsible.

We wish our deepest condolences to the families of all of the victims of Corona.

MONSEY CORONA VICTIM: 39 Year Old Lipa Friedrich Z”L, No Medical History; Minyanim Still Taking Place

YWN regrets to inform you of the tragic Petira of Lipa Freidrich Z”L of Monsey. He was 39.

The Niftar was a perfectly healthy young man with no prior medical condition. He tested positive for COVID-19 three days ago and was in isolation at home.

This morning he had severe shortness of breath and Monsey Hatzolah was called. Paramedics intubated him and he was placed on a respirator at Good Samaritan Hospital. Unfortunately, he was Niftar 2 hours later.

The Niftar was part of the Satmar Kehilla in Monsey. He drove a bus for Parnasah.

Tragically, he leaves behind a wife and 6 children – the youngest just 5 weeks old.

Chanania Yom Tov Lipa Z”L was the son of of Reb Moshe Freidrich.

YWN is pleading with our readers to do anything they can to get the Monsey Minyanim – and the Minyanim in Boro Park, Flatbush, and Lakewood TO STOP. People are committing mass murder by having these Minyanim.

Boruch Dayan Ha’Emmes….

The Hypocrisy – Covid-19 and the Community Response, or lack thereof

This following was sent to LostMessiah by an author who has asked to remain anonymous.

There are a few points that should be made.

First, one of the underlying news articles states that Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum (Ahrale) of Palm Tree, New York, (a/k/a Kiryas Joel) has been diagnosed with Covid-19.  There is then a correction stating that he was waiting on results. To our understanding he did test positive. But we would be doing a disservice if not to mention conflicting reports.

The next point that should be made is that New York has had a daily +/-50% increase in Covid-19 positive tests for the last 3 days. While that is likely attributed to an increase in testing, as late as Sunday, there were reports of large gatherings in Wesley Hills, New York as well as Brooklyn, New York in what are largely Hasidic neighborhoods. This is unacceptable. From the outside looking in, the utter arrogance of congregating is worthy of contempt. If we are trying to minimize anti-Semitism, this level of lawlessness should not be happening. It is dangerous to those gathering and then to anyone who comes in contact with those gathering. 

The final point, comments to one of the underlying articles suggests that the anti-vaxxer named here, was not actually an anti-vaxxer, that the story had it wrong. We can neither confirm nor deny the comments and the following is based upon information as it was reported.

We stand by the position that if you have not been tested and received a negative result, you are potentially a walking bio-weapon. Any gatherings of people should be treated as acts of bio-terrorism. It is simply how we view this episode in history. 

Hypocrite in Our Times 

Exactly one year ago – there was a two-hour heated debate at the home of the Satmar Rebbe of Kiryas Yoel, on the topic of expelling kids of non- vaxxers from the Mosdos. The Rosh Yeshiva of South Fallsburg Yeshiva,  Elya Ber Wachtfogel came in from the Catskills to attend the meeting. R’ Elya Ber is reportedly an Anti-vaxxer.

The anti-vaxxers brought a physician to argue against the banishing of their children. 

When the Oklahoma physician said the Torah doesn’t allow it, the Rebbe said ‘leave the Torah out’ just stick to medical facts. In the Rebbe’s opinion, Health comes before Torah. 

During the exchange, some anti-vaxxers in the room started screaming that kids die from vaccines. The Rebbe said people died from heart surgery should we not do heart surgery? People died from the needle at the dentist, should we not go to the dentist anymore? The Rebbe said the bottom line is we will not force you to vaccinate but don’t put us in danger. The Anti-vaxxers should open their own schools, shuls, camps & playgrounds. The Grand Rebbe Ahrale of Satmar expelled all children who were not vaccinated, and they went on to open their own schools. 

This last Purim The Grand Rebbe Ahrale of Satmar conducted a full Purim Tisch. Attendees were kissing, hugging, partying and eating Shirayim given directly from the Grand Rebbe’s hand. Until last Thursday, all Satmar shuls, schools and Mikvaot were operating in full force. The Rebbe who is sick with Corona Virus, shared his Corona with many of his disciples. The authorities were begging us to shut down all schools but to no avail.  As of now, many Satmar mikvaot and Shuls are operating under the radar and the Rebbe is not making a pips. No objection whatsoever. 

You be the Judge.

Grand rabbi of Satmar Hasidic dynasty tested for coronavirus

Editor’s Note: Due to inaccurate information provided by Ezra Friedlander, a Hasidic leader, a prior version of this article incorrectly reported that Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum of the Satmar dynasty had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. After publication, Friedlander said Teitelbaum’s grandson had told him the rabbi had not yet received results of his coronavirus test.

The Grand Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum, one of the two heads of the Satmar Hasidic dynasty, has been tested for the novel coronavirus, and has been made public appearances for nearly a week.

Teitelbaum, who is based in the Satmar community of Kiryas Joel and represents the largest constituency of Hasidic Jews in the world,, had the test done on Thursday, according to Ezra Friedlander, a Hasidic lobbyist with close ties to the leadership of Hasidic groups. Friedlander, who originally told the Forward he that Teitelbaum had tested positive for the virus, said he had apparently been mistaken and that the community was still awaiting the test results.

Friedlander said that Teitelbaum had not been seen in public since Friday, after one of his gabbais, or close personal attendants, became sick.

Ezra Friedlander@EzraFriedlander

Retraction: Want to apologize to @HQSatmar community & to @jdforward. My quote in @jdforward was not accurate. The blame lies entirely with me & not with the reporter @aefeldman or with @jdforward.
Satmar Rebbe Shlita should enjoy good health & long years!https://forward.com/fast-forward/442011/coronavirus-hasidic-satmar/ 

Aharon Teitelbaum, Grand Rabbi of Satmar Hasidic dynasty, has coronavirus

On Sunday, Teitelbaum came out strongly against mandatory school closings to combat coronavirus.

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Kiryas Joel, a village in Orange County, N.Y., is a dense, tight knit community of 26,000 Hasidic Jews. Teitelbaum, 72, is one of two recognized leaders of the Satmar group, along with his brother, Rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum, who leads a rabbinic court in Brooklyn.

Aharon Teitelbaum is one of the most influential Hasidic rabbis, with a following in the tens of thousands across the world.

He came out strongly against closing schools in recent days after New York City officials announced that all public schools would be shut down to combat the spread of the virus. He said that the observant Jewish community could not afford to follow such restrictions because their children do not have access to the Internet to keep them occupied.

 

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Pikuach Nefesh Versus Congregating – Pikuach Nefesh Should Win – Covid-19 and Human Killing Machines

Signs on a tent at the entrance of Chai Urgent Care in Brooklyn's Williamsburg community, asking people who suspect they have the COVID-19 disease to wait inside the tent for screening, March 18, 2020.

Bebeto Matthews,AP

 

After Large Wedding and 240 Coronavirus Cases in N.Y.C. Orthodox Community, Rabbis Called on to Act

Three clusters of COVID-19 in Borough Park and Williamsburg Wednesday came just after the community was widely criticized for hosting a large wedding ceremony, sparking fears of anti-Semitic reprisals

 

“Going out in public while exhibiting symptoms is pikuach nefesh. YOU ARE KILLING PEOPLE!” a notice published by the emergency service Hatzolah stated, referring to the edict that saving a human life should take priority above all else. “There is no beating the system!” it added.

 

Almost 250 Orthodox Jews in Borough Park and Williamsburg were confirmed Wednesday as having the coronavirus.

According to the New York Post, the cluster of cases affected three health centers in the two New York suburbs, with Williamsburg having the greater number of casualties.

The community’s satmar rebbe reportedly issued an edict to close all religious buildings in response to the health crisis.

A representative for Asisa Urgent Care, which caters predominantly to the Hasidic community, told the Post they had 243 positive cases from the three Brooklyn locations.

Pressure had been increasing on the community’s leaders to act after the news broke that hundreds of Haredim had attended a wedding in South Williamsburg on Tuesday – the same day New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people.

That story was reported by the New York Times, which wrote that the event, held at a yeshiva, was eventually dispersed by the New York Fire Department.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upturn life around the world, New York City has taken increasingly dramatic steps to try to curb the spread of the disease. Residents have been asked to practice social distancing, bars and restaurants are restricted to takeouts and deliveries only, and some 1,800 public schools have closed, joining many private ones that had already sent students home for at least four weeks.

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For a Friday Afternoon: Is it Acceptable By Halacha to Close Public Roadways for Rabbinical Processions? [ Video, Yiddish]

Readers:

The following video is largely in Yiddish. Loosely translated it suggests that it is not acceptable under Halacha to close public roadways and thoroughfares (in this case the BQE) for the purpose of private processions by a rabbi. Here the reference is to the Satmar Rabbi that closed the BQE “with great excitement” as he was escorted to the airport for a mission to Israel, reported about several months ago. 

We do not know enough about the subject to opine in great detail.

We thought it was interesting that it is circulating WhatsApp chats as a point of discussion in regard to the “Daf Yomi”  (the page of the day), which is what we understand this to be.  

We will, of course, make additions, editions amendments if they are forthcoming and/or if we somehow have this wrong.

We welcome a complete translation.

Shabbat Shalom!