Leah Rubashkin Prepares for Sentencing


rubashkin-bitachon3[Video below.] Brittney Hibbs reports for KGAN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa:

Sholom Rubashkin and his family will soon know where he will spend the rest of his life. It all stems from the Postville immigration raid heard around Eastern Iowa nearly two years ago. Back in May of 2008, federal agents swarmed the meat packing plant in Postville arresting 389 illigal immigrants. Former manager Sholom Rubashkin was arrested and charged with 86 counts of fraud. Now he sits in the Linn county jail to await his sentence. Prosecutors are pushing for a life sentence. And now his wife Leah speaks out for the first time on camera.

Brittney Hibbs sat down with her as her husband faces life in prison and she faces a life without him.

Leah Rubashkin hopes to find out her husbands fate by the end of this week.

“To tell you the truth, basically this whole story has destroyed him, has wiped his name off the face of this earth. Its’ destroyed my kids. This whole story has destroyed our kids. When you read the media reports it’s like ‘Is this the same guy that I’ve been living with for 28 years?'”

With her husband facing life in prison, Leah tries her best to smile for her children.

“We have 10 altogether, we are trying to distract them a little bit so they enjoy their time when they can speak with Sholom. But it’s really, really hard. We’re doing the best we could to try and stay focused instead of just lying in bed and groping around in the misery of it.”

She says having Sholom gone has been especially hard on her son with autism.

“He’s always been really close to Sholom and Sholom calls every night to say night prayers with him before he goes to sleep and its’ been really, really hard on him.”

Leah, now practically a single mom, talks about that day back in may of 2008 when her world changed.

“I think a lot of lives changed that day. I got a call from my 16 year old son. He said ‘Ma you’re not going to believe what’s going on out here. There’s like these black cars everywhere out here. There’s like a parade of them.’ Nobody could understand what this was all about. It was like a scene from a movie or something. Nobody could imagine what it could be or what it could be about.”

That day not only rocked the Rubashkin family but the entire town of Postville.

“A lot of change has come over the community, stores closing down all over main street, people relocating. Everyone is trying to pull together the pieces it’s not easy there’s not too much opportunity.”

Now her husband remains behind steel bars waiting to hear the Judges decision.

“What has gone on here has just been unbelievable. I feel that we’ve lost so much already. The whole business, we have nothing left financially, his name is mud. What else do we need to experience here? The stuff that has happened has brought a lot of pain to a lot of people and our hope is that we can pick up the pieces.”

And in the meantime, Leah holds her head high for her children and her faith.

“Knowing that there is going to be a day when this will be over and we will be back together.”

Click here or click below to watch the video interview with Mrs. Rubashkin:

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  1. Tonight is the yertzait of RABBI MIER BAL HANESS Z’TL. B’H in his merit we should only see good things. Please daven. Thank you.

  2. Hashem should give her the strength to cope. I just got back from the Satmar bikur cholim tea and we all said Tehillim together for her husband.

  3. i just returned from saying tehillem together with the flatbush community,at the Agudah Bais Binyomin. It was beautiful to pray together with our neighbors and friends. there was a great feeling of achdus among us.We should try to keep this feeling with us during good times as well.

  4. I pray for him every day, and will continue to do so. May HaShem help him and may he get as light a sentence as possible, he already paid a very heavy price!! Our hearts and prayers are with him and his family for a complete yeshua.

  5. nebach, may HKBH make a nes for these wonderful people. May HKBH help them get back together again.
    What a world!. Here you have a loving husband, father, that is being ripped away from his 10 children, and for what? For what? Because these greedy instigators, this despicable judge and mean prosecutor, enjoy killing a good wholesome family? For what? for lies that the judge and prosecutor fabricated, for truths that they “decided” were not truths! For this Sholom has to suffer. May HKBH yinokem domon. Pulsa denura needed badly.

  6. I happened to be in the mountains this morning and the Rav in the Fallsburg shul said Tehillim after davening. It was very powerful.
    Y Berg

  7. Whatever the sentence will be, and HKBH should help it should be a very short one, it is in essence a death sentence for the family, nebach. Part of the reason the Judge can’t see this is because family life plays such a little role by the goyim. Most of them never get married, and if they do they don’t stay married too long. They really don’t know the beauty of family life. So to deny that, is really a death sentence to this beautiful family. May HKBH help them, because HE is the only one who can.

  8. Today is Pesach Sheni.Eat some matza and remember that Hashem freed us out of Mitzrayim and He should please help free Sholom Rubashkin< Jonathan Pollard, the Spinka Rebbe,Yaakov Yosef Greenwald,Yosef Goldstein, etc from jail and bring the geula shlaima.

    “A year after the Exodus, G-d instructed the people of Israel to bring the Passover offering on the afternoon of Nissan 14, and to eat it that evening, roasted over the fire, together with matzah and bitter herbs, as they had done on the previous year just before they left Egypt. “There were, however, certain persons who had become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, and could not, therefore, prepare the Passover offering on that day. They approached Moses and Aaron … and they said: ‘…Why should we be deprived, and not be able to present G-d’s offering in its time, amongst the children of Israel?'” (Numbers 9).

    In response to their plea, G-d established the 14th of Iyar as a “second Passover” (pesach sheini) for anyone who was unable to bring the offering on its appointed time in the previous month. The day thus represents the “second chance” achieved by teshuvah the power of repentance and “return.” In the words of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch, “The Second Passover means that it’s never a ‘lost case.'” (quote from chabad.org)