Rebbe Avraham Chaim Roth who just passed away ten days ago, definitely had his experience with expecting to become Rebbe but, in the end, his father's Chassidim chose someone else as their new Rebbe. This happened to Rebbe Roth after his father, Rebbe Aharon Roth (Ratha), passed away in 1947.
I assume that Rebbe Avraham Chaim Roth didn't want his sons to experience what he went through and thus stipulated in his will that all of them (supposedly five) are going to share the Rebbe position. However, there is a catch. One of his sons is in jail and the others have to wait for his release. Only then the sons are able to become Rebbes.
The idea is not bad but having someone as a Rebbe who was in jail ? However, just in order to clarify the circumstances: Does anyone know why one of the Shomrei Emunim Rebbe's sons is serving a sentence in prison ?
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