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Lot #    21796
Auction End Date    11/18/2008 10:12:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Wall Segulah for paranassa and success
Title (Hebrew)    סגולה לפרנסה להצלחה
Author    [Kabbalah - Hasidim] R. Moses Teitelbaum
City    Benei-Brak
Publication Date    1950?
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., 120:135 mm., framed.
   Framed segulah to be placed by all doorways of a house to bring income and success by R. Moses ben Hayyim Zevi Teitelbaum. Segulot are charms or remedies for all manner of troubles and misfortunes. Segulot take numerous forms, from reciting biblical verses or performing special actions or a combination of both.

R. Moses ben Hayyim Zevi Teitelbaum (1914-2006) was a Hasidic rebbe and the world leader of the Satmar Hasidim, which is believed to be the largest Hasidic community in the world, with some 100,000 followers. He and his older brother, Yekusiel Yehuda Teitelbaum, were orphaned in 1926, when they were eleven and fourteen, respectively. Moshe was raised by family friends and relatives, including his uncle, Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, and his grandfather, Rabbi Shulem Eliezer Halberstam of Ratzfert. In 1936, he married his cousin Leah Meir, daughter of Rabbi Hanoch Heinoch Meir of Karecska, where Moshe held the position of rosh yeshiva (dean). In 1939, he became the rabbi of Zenta, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). In late spring 1944, the Hungarian government, assisted by Nazi forces led by Adolf Eichmann, began deporting Jews en-masse. Rabbi Moshe and his wife were sent to Auschwitz, where Leah and their three children died. Moshe was then transferred to Traglitz and after than to Theresienstadt, where he was liberated in 1945. After the war, Rabbi Moshe married the daughter of R. Aaron Teitelbaum of Volovo, and moved back to Sighet, and briefly revived Jewish life in his father's home town. Fleeing Communist persecution, the couple eventually immigrated to New York City, where Rabbi Moshe became known as the Sigheter Rebbe. He initially established a beth midrash, Atzei Chaim Siget in his uncle Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum's Satmar enclave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and later moved to Boro Park in 1966. He succeeded his uncle as Satmar rebbe, following his death in 1979, though some dissidents in Satmar opposed him, including the Bnei Yoel (or Kagners, opponents), a group of Satmar Hasidim that did not accept Rebbe Moshe as Rebbe and remained loyal to Rebbe Yoel's Wife, the Rebbetzin Alta Fayga Teitelbaum, and her candidate for rebbe, Nachman Brach.

Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum was the author of a five-volume Hasidic commentary on the Bible entitled Berach Moshe. He was survived by his wife, four sons, two daughters (his eldest daughter from his second marriage died in his lifetime), over eighty-six grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter, born earlier on the day that he died.

An example of another segulah is that for locating a missing body. For example, Among the segulot noted in Jewish sources used to locate a missing drowned body, is a practice involving taking a wooden dish and floating it in the water above the general area where the body went missing. According to the tradition surrounding this segulah, the dish will float to the spot where the body lies and then stop. The first and earliest source for this segulah that I could presently locate is from the year 1618 in a well known sefer minhagim written by R' Yosef Yuzpa Han Norlingen [1]. He writes, that "I have a tradition of a segulah to locate a body that drowned; and this is the correct way it should be performed: Take a wooden dish [ke'oh'rah],[2] place it on the water to float by itself, until it rests on the spot where the body is lying." The work continues with an anecdote about a certain man named Meir, who drowned in Lake Pidikof and whose body was found using this particular segulah. Interestingly, the passages closes with the note "that if this segulah really works, it could have amazing implications, for it could help women who would otherwise have to be agunot for the rest of their lives." The procedure for this segulah is rather straightforward; all that must be done is to place a dish on the water and it will float to the drowned body. This segulah seems to have been quite popular as it is mentioned in many seforim, particularly sifrei segulah such as the Noheg Ketzon Yosef (grandson of R' Yosef Yuzpa Han Norlingen), the Taamai Haminhagim, Refuah Vechaim, Rafael Hamalach, Hoach Nafshainu, Mareh Hayeladim, Yosef Shaul, and the Segulas Yisroel. This amazing segulah is the earliest Jewish method noted as having been used to locate a drowned body and seems to be an exclusively Jewish practice. A search of a number of non-Jewish sources, works of history, superstition, and mythology, has not brought to light an instance of this particular practice of locating a drowned body. Thus to my knowledge, it does not seem to have ever been used by a non-Jew

   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moshe_Teitelbaum; http://seforim.traditiononline.org/index.cfm/Bency-Eichorn
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20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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