Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation Launches Machsom Lefi on Behalf of Reb Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin


rubashkin3In a bold new campaign titled “Counter the Prosecution,” the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation (CCHF) has launched a new machsom lefi specifically for the zechus of Reb Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin.

The CCHF shares Klal Yisroel‘s distress at seeing the injustice that is being perpetrated against Mr. Rubashkin and wishes to see him receive fair sentencing. Gedolim have declared this to be a case of pidyon shvuyim, and the CCHF believes it is incumbent on each and every individual to daven for Reb Sholom Mordechai and to endeavor to protect him from excessive punishment.

The government is seeking to sentence Mr. Rubashkin to life imprisonment. Such a sentence – far more severe than what others have received for similar acts – would devastate the Rubashkin family. Reb Sholom Mordechai and his wife have ten children.

A machsom lefi is a program in which participants undertake, bli neder, to make an extra, concerted effort to be careful with their words at a designated time each day as a means of fulfilling the mitzvah of shemiras halashon. The concept is endorsed by gedolei Yisroel. The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation’s morning machsom lefi is the joint effort of Jewish men, women and children across the globe each day from 9 to 10 a.m. for the zechus of Reb Sholom Mordechai.

The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation indicated that the Rubashkin family appealed directly to the organization to help Reb Sholom Mordechai.

The Chofetz Chaim taught that shemiras halashon stops Divine prosecution, and the Rambam says that no mitzvah trumps the mitzvah of pidyon shvuyim. The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation believes that the collective merit of this effort can bring about a tremendous yeshuah and therefore calls on everybody to join the morning machsom lefi as a merit that Reb Sholom Mordechai should receive fair justice in his sentencing.

To participate in the machsom lefi from 9 to 10 each morning, one should recite the Chofetz Chaim‘s tefillah for success in shemiras halashon (found in most editions of Sefer Chofetz Chaim) and verbally accept the machsom lefi with a nusach such as this: “I accept upon myself, without a vow, to observe the laws of shemiras halashon in speaking, hearing, and writing from 9 to 10 a.m. as a merit for Sholom Mordechai Halevi ben Rivkah [Rubashkin].

It is also beneficial to learn a halacha from Shemiras Halashon Yomi.

To receive a daily reminder email, send an email to To receive a daily 9 a.m. reminder, call 212.444.9898. For more information, contact the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation.

Donations to Reb Sholom Mordechai’s defense fund may be sent to: Pidyon Shvuyim Fund, 53 Olympia Lane, Monsey, NY, 10952.

{Aryeh Zev Narrow/Noam Newscenter}


  1. to #1, why? does Hashem need time to listen to our tefillos and maasim tovim. May Hashem listen to all our tefillos.

  2. Its never too late we should all continue our efforts. Thank you to The Chofetz Chaim foundation for this great inicitive. So many Frum Yidden from every “group” are united in this cause may this zechus grant Reb Sholom Mordechai Cherus B’karov and we should continue this achdus always in good times as well.

  3. tonight is the yertzhit of Rabbi Mier Baal Hanes Z’TL .B’H in his merit we should see only good things.Please daven.