The Hasidic synagogue has banned a public wedding in Brooklyn for fear of attracting 10,000 people, saying “unwarranted attacks” have forced it to cancel a planned celebration to avoid “paparazzi.”
The New York congregation Lev D’Satmar was handed an order Friday night from New York State banning Monday’s planned public wedding in Williamsburg of the grandson of his great rabbi, Zalman Leib Teitelbaum.
But the synagogue struck the order, saying it had taken special steps to ensure the wedding complied with the coronavirus guidelines, but “no one checked our plans before attacking us.”
“The unwarranted attacks on this event by those who pollute the community are separated from the facts,”
Unlike the sea of pilgrims and guests proposed by officials, only a “narrow circle of close family members” would attend key sections of the wedding, and “the rest of the community will only be able to attend for a short time,” he said. Jakobovitz.
“The congratulatory remark would be controlled in accordance with the provisions for social distancing. Appropriate measures have been taken to achieve this, “the statement added.
Now the publicity of the state procurement, as well as the expected mass turnout, have forced the family to cancel the original plans.
“The public will turn this wedding into paparazzi and attract spectators who will make it impossible to control the crowds in order to comply with social distancing,” Jakobovitz said.
“This will also discourage the festive and spiritual atmosphere suitable for such a relationship.
Therefore, we decided that the wedding will not take place as planned and will be only [be] visited by close family members. “
Teitelbaum heads the Satmar sect in Williamsburg, while his brother Aaron, who signed COVID-19 in March, heads Satmar in the Kirias Joel enclave in Orange County.
Zalman Teitelbaum’s previous marriages have attracted hordes of participants, whether on the streets of Brooklyn or in Israel.