By Shmuly Rubashkin
[Videos and photos below.] Following five days of non-stop work, in which they collected over $16,000 and over 6000 kapitlach Tehillim, the boys at the Munkatcher Camp in Kiameshe Lake, NY were finally ready to go into the dining hall for the dinner for the “Vaad Hatzalas Rubashkin, D’Yaldei Munkatch”. They entered the hall at 7:30pm and were seated at the beautifully set up tables.
Head Counselor Nosson Biller addressed the crowd and thanked the boys for their hard work on behalf of Sholom Mordech Halevi ben Rivkah.
He introduced one of the campers to share some of the feelings from the boys’ perspective.
He then introduced one of the lawyers heavily involved in Sholom’s legal team and a family friend – Yerachmiel Simins – who spoke over the phone and thanked the boys for their ahavas yisroel and devotion. “I have spoken in front of judges and juries, in front all different crowds, but none as important and impressive as the one here tonight,” he said.
Reb Avraham Aharon Rubashkin, my grandfather, also thanked the boys over the phone and expressed his wish to have been there and witness the beauty of the achdus of these yaldei Yisroel.
I then addressed the crowd, and shared some stories about my father whom these boys have never met and also told them a story of the Baal Shem Tov about the power of Tehillim (one of my father’s greatest passions and one of the types of pledges collected by the boys). I thanked the boys once again on behalf of my father and the family.
One of the askonim involved in the case and part of the team involved in the huge rallies in Boro Park, Monsey and Lakewood, explained to the boys how their actions have “put the efforts of the askonim in their pockets…the askonim now feel they have to work twice as hard!” He also shared with the “new askonim” some more details of the case. They were now “askonim” and deserved to hear more about the case they had taken on so closely.
The boys were all given certificates based on their rank. Each certificate had their rank, “sar hamai’ah, sar ha’shalosh maiah, sar ha’elef.” We then heard from one of the saarei elef.
We should all learn from the achdus and selflessness that these boys have shown us.
Click below for videos:
Video 1, Shmuly Rubashkin speaking:
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Video 2, Singing Ani Maamin:
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