Leading NYC Rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum tests positive for COVID-19

A leading Hasidic rabbi in Brooklyn has tested positive for COVID-19, community sources told The Post on Monday.

Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, a head of the Satmar sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, was diagnosed on Sunday night and is suffering mild symptoms of the respiratory disease at his home in Williamsburg, sources said.

Teitelbaum’s illness was first reported by The Yeshiva World website.

Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio said city officials were investigating a massive Satmar funeral held in Williamsburg, where video published by The Post appeared to show thousands of mourners violating coronavirus safety restrictions.

De Blasio also threatened to “shut down … once and for all” the Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar synagogue where the service took place.

“These large events are a real cause for concern, and we either need to see them be handled very differently, with really clear limits and precautions, or not happen at all,” he said.

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