Despite these comments, Satmar hassidim, including the grand rabbi himself, were overtly political during the recent presidential election.
Members of the Hasidic community say the weddings aren’t likely to stop, in part because cases are not translating into the large number of hospitalizations and deaths seen in the spring.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York City should do ‘robust investigation’ of incident and ‘bring the full consequence of legal action to bear.’
According to video obtained, there were thousands of men seated within the bleachers of the 7,000 person capacity synagogue, singing and dancing into the night.
“None of you should be seen at these protests,” the Satmar leader told a crowd. “Praise unto the person who doesn’t follow in the ways of the evil.”
My motivation for reporting such irresponsible behavior outweighs the unpleasantness of the online harassment, although I am unfortunately well aware that it could escalate to physical violence.
The synagogue supposedly took precautions to ensure the wedding would abide by regulations and not attract 10,000 attendees, but “nobody verified our plans before attacking us.”
The sheriff's department has ordered the wedding be postponed or canceled, should it not be limited to 50 people.
Mayer Rispler, 70, died Friday, according to Vos Iz Neias, an Orthodox news site.
Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum will remain in Kiryas Joel for Rosh Hashanah because of new cases of COVID-19 in his upstate town, according to an announcement from a local synagogue shared on social media.