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April 26, 2006
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Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum, leader of the Chasidic Satmar sect, was buried Tuesday in Kiryas Joel, N.Y. Teitelbaum died Monday in New York at age 91 after a battle with spinal cancer. His funeral was attended by thousands of followers, The Associated Press reported. “We are like orphans left without a father,” Teitelbaum’s son, Aaron, said at the funeral. It remains unclear who will follow Teitelbaum as leader of the Satmar sect, which numbers an estimated 120,000 people. Aaron Teitelbaum and his brother, Zalmen Teitelbaum, have been battling over succession. Teitelbaum took the Satmar reins in 1979 following the death of his uncle. The Satmars oppose the State of Israel and often make common cause with Israel’s enemies because they believe Jews should not have political sovereignty until the Messiah comes. Teitelbaum was born in what is today Romania and came to the United States in 1946, the A.P. reported.

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