Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum, the “Satmar Rebbe” leader of the Satmar Hasidic Sect since 1980, has passed away in New York City at the age of 91
Teitelbaum was born in Siget, in present-day Romania. He escaped Nazi persecution during World War II and came to the United States in 1946. Teitelbaum took over leadership of the Satmar sect from his uncle, Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, who died childless in 1979 at age 93. He took the formal title of rebbe the following year.
The question of who will succeed the rebbe as spiritual leader looms high. Two of his sons, Aaron and Zalmen Teitelbaum, have been feuding over that question.