Friday, August 02, 2013

Friday observance in Kiryas Joel to draw thousands of visitors 

Thousands of visitors are expected to pour into Kiryas Joel Friday for an annual observance of the death in 1979 of Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, founder of the Satmar Hasidic movement and namesake of the village that was formed two years before he died.

Orthodox Jews of other sects join Satmar visitors in coming to the revered leader's burial site on his death anniversary, or yartzeit – a holy occasion when worshippers believe his spirit is present to hear their prayers.

All day long, guests stream into the mausoleum where the Satmar founder and his wife were buried.

Despite the high volume of visitors headed to a single destination, traffic for Teitelbaum's yartzeit tends to be dispersed because there is no set time to go to the cemetery.

But since the occasion falls on a Friday this year, it may compound summer weekend traffic on Route 17.


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