The second Satmar Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum died in 2006, and the dispute over which of his sons is his rightful successor – his eldest son Aaron or his third son Zalman – has now been going on for over 15 years (or even longer than that – arguably the dispute began in 1999 when the Rebbe unexpectedly appointed Zalman rather than Aaron as leader of the Williamsburg Satmar community). How has the dispute evolved over that time: Has it grown more bitter? Or are there signs of possible reconciliation and rapprochement? Or is it stable? And what does the likely future hold: is this likely to turn into a permanent split in the Satmar dynasty? Do the Satmar who follow each Rebbe get along with each other well, or do they have strained relations? Are they likely to maintain a common identity as Satmar, or are the Satmar going to split into two separate communities who will eventually adopt distinct names for themselves?
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