On Sunday night, both Satmar Kehillos held their annual “Chuf Alef Kislev” events, attended by thousands of Satmar Chassidim.
Chof Alef Kislev is the day Hagon HaRav Yoel Teitelbaum ZATZAL, the founder of Satmar Chassidus in America, escaped from the Nazis during the Holocaust in 1944.
The Satmar Rebbe, known as the Divrei Yoel, was among 1600-plus people who were transported out of Hungary by train thanks to the efforts of Rudolf Kastner, one of the leaders of Budapest’s Vaadat Ezra V’Hatzalah, who brokered a deal with Adolph Eichmann to let the passengers leave in exchange for a large sum of money, diamonds and gold.
While Eichmann reneged on the deal and had the train sent to Bergen Belsen, the train was finally released after four months of negotiations and the passengers finally obtained their freedom when they arrived in Switzerland.
Many dignitaries and elected officials have attended Chof Alef Kislev events over the years out of respect for the Rebbe and to show their support for chasidim and other frum communities.
Mayor Eric Adams attended both events by the Satmar Rebbe of Kiryas Yoel, and the event of the Satmar Rebbe of Williamsburg.
The Satmar Rebbe of Kiryas Yoel, HaRav Aron Teitelbaum, held his event in a massive tent in Williamsburg.
The Satmar Rebbe of Williamsburg, HaRav Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, held his event in the Brooklyn Armory, located in Crown Heights.
PHOTOS OF BOTH EVENTS BELOW:
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