Kiryas Joel - Lawyers Pressed To Bring Satmar Grand Rebbe Into Court
A crowd of Hasidic spectators sat riveted yesterday as an Orange County judge grilled lawyers about his request to have the leader of the Satmar Hassidic sect testify to settle a critical question in a case before him. “Is he physically capable, yes or no?” demanded acting state Supreme Court Justice Stewart Rosenwasser, after lawyers from Aron Teitelbaum’s faction pressed the judge to forcefully bring down his 91-year-old father to court.
His case began as a dispute over which of Satmar’s two warring factions owns the Kiryas Yoel cemetery. But it quickly rekindled a convoluted, neverending fight for control of the main Satmar organization in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Attorneys for the side closest to Grand Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum told Rosenwasser the grand rebbe has already addressed the issue he was probing and shouldn’t have to do so twice. They offered to provide supporting testimony instead. An exasperated Rosenwasser ordered both sides to submit any final written arguments within a week and promised a decision before the end of the year.
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