March 28, 2011
You could be killed if you enter a Satmar Hasidic synagogue
By Michael Hoffman
As per usual, we deal in documented statements, not speculation or opinion. Our headline could be construed as lurid, were it not for the fact that it comes from the horse's mouth, so to speak:
"...one should not enter their (Satmar) synagogues, as in these circumstances Ahavas Yisroel does not apply, for they have clearly stated that entering their synagogues entails literal endangerment of one's life. And to the extent that they were not merely satisfied with threats, but they have shown that they are actually capable of carrying through with it."
— Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Grand Rabbi of Lubavitch
Referring to the synagogues of the Satmar Hasidim
Reconfirmed by Schneerson's Lubavitcher heirs, 21 Adar-II 5771 (March 27, 2011)
Michael Hoffman's Afterword: In the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, on the recent Purim, it has been alleged that some Satmar meshuggeners, during the Halloween bacchanal that accompanies that Talmudic holiday, hosted a purimspiel in which the late Schneerson was ceremonially mocked. Satmar under the late Rabbi of Satmar, Yoel Teitelbaum, regarded the Lubavitchers as implicated in avodah zarah (idolatry). The current Grand Rabbi of Satmar, Zalman Teitelbaum, is alleged to also be ill-disposed toward Lubavitch.
[Michael Hoffman is the author of Judaism Discovered]
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