Congregation Yatev Lev D’Tamar was given an order Friday night from New York State that would prohibit public marriage in Williamsburg on Monday at the wedding of the grandson of his grand rabbi, Zalman Leib Tetelbaum.
But the congregation defied the order, stating that it had taken special steps to ensure the marriage complied with the coronovirus guidelines but “no one verified our plans before attacking us.”
“The genesis of the attackers on the community is the attacks by people who live separately from the community,” said Secretary of the Synagogue Chaim Jacobowitz in a statement.
Only “a small circle of close family members”, unlike the sea of worshipers and guests suggested by the authorities, would be attending the wedding’s major sections, and “the rest of the community would only be able to attend for a short period of time.” , ”Yakubitz insisted.
“Salutation Q would have been governed according to social control rules. The statement said that proper arrangements were made to achieve this.
Now, the promotion of state order as well as mass voting has forced the family to scrap the original plans.
“Propaganda will turn this wedding into a paparazzi and attract viewers who will make it impossible to control the crowd to follow social distances,” Jacobowitz said.
“It would also fit the celebratory and spiritual atmosphere for such an affair.
Therefore, we decided that marriage would not be considered planned, and would only be [be] Close members of the family attended. ”
Titelbaum leads the Satmar sect in Williamsburg, while his brother, Aaron, who contracted COVID-19 in March, heads the Satmar at the Kirias Joel Enclave in Orange County.
Previous weddings of Zalman Teitelbaum’s family have drawn crowds of attendees, whether it is on the streets of Brooklyn or in Israel.