Satmar Rebbe Teitelbaum Dies at 91

NEW YORK - Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum, leader of the ultra-Orthodox Satmar Hassidic sect, died Monday in New York at the age of 91.

Teitelbaum took over as grand rabbi of the Satmar Hassidim in 1979 after the death of his uncle, Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum. Rabbi Moses was often heard responding to complicated questions with "I am not the uncle," seemingly aware that comparisons between him and his predecessor would not flatter him.

However, the more than 100,000 Hasidim who came to the funeral in Brooklyn's Williamsburg section showed Teitelbaum had been accepted by most.

Unconfirmed reports yesterday said supporters of Teitelbaum's elder son Aharon declared him the new grand rabbi, while Hassidic sources said the younger son, Rabbi Zalman, will assume the office this Saturday.