Friday, April 07, 2006

Satmar has a 'near miss'

ROL: Aides sitting vigil with Satmar Grand Rebbe Moses Teitelbaum at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan say he's still gravely ill, but he has improved since Tuesday."His blood pressure is holding up. All other tests are improving," Joseph Deutsch, the rebbe's personal paramedic, said yesterday morning outside the intensive-care unit where the 91-year-old spiritual leader lies unconscious. "So there is hope."Anxious aides and family members spent a second day in a waiting room outside the Mount Sinai intensive-care unit. Among them was the rebbe's former butler, Moshe Wertheimer, who said Teitelbaum had regained some ability to breathe on his own.The vigil has brought into uncomfortable proximity two sons of the grand rebbe who are bitter rivals and potential successors. About 10:30 a.m. yesterday, they narrowly missed crossing paths on the steps outside the Upper East Side hospital.As Zalmen Teitelbaum, chief rabbi of the main Satmar congregation in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was about to be driven away in a black SUV, his older brother, Aron, leader of the dominant Satmar congregation in Kiryas Joel, arrived in front of him on Fifth Avenue in a black Cadillac and swept into the hospital with his entourage. No words were exchanged....
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