The story of the frum boy who wrote a letter to be given to President Donald Trump, requesting that he pardon R’ Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, has been the topic of conversation in Jewish communities the world over this week. But the real story, with verified facts, has been hard to come by.
In this week’s Yated Ne’eman newspaper, the inside story is revealed in a report that begins with an explanation of how the aforementioned boy’s family first met the Rubashkin family over two years ago.
The story in the Yated was authored by Rabbi Yitzchok Hisiger, editor and writer at the Yated and author of Food for Thought, who was interviewed yesterday by the Kol Mevaser News Hotline ahead of the story’s release in today’s edition of the Yated, which contains the text of the actual letter.
Rabbi Hisiger had been in close contact with the boy’s family since last week, shortly after Sholom Mordechai visited their home in New York, and the family explicitly entrusted Rabbi Hisiger with conveying the story, both in writing and orally, so that the details could be related accurately and, simultaneously, the family’s privacy could be respected and protected.
The following is the 12-minute interview conducted by Kol Mevaser with Rabbi Hisiger in English, preceded by a brief Yiddish introduction.
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