When the Satmar Rebbe of Kiryas Joel (Aaron Teitelbaum) goes to Jerusalem next week, he will spend one night sleeping in the home of one Aher (sic) Lev. According to The Jewish Press (quoting the Hebrew language source Kikar Shabbat), the host paid a cool 1.1 million dollars for the honor. In effect, wealthy Jews buy religious prestige, and rebbes sell it. Given the intense fratricidal rivalry between Aaron and his brother Zaalman Leib (aka Zaali), I would love to know if Zaali commanded the same hosting fee.
Chicago is a smaller market and the Skvere Rebbe (Rabbi David Twersky) is a lesser luminary, although brightly lit by arson. Inquiring minds want to know the going rate for the privilege of hosting him paid by Chicago gevirim (rich men).
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