Tefillos for Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin; Gedolim Call for Yidden to Offer Financial Assistance

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rubashkin1Yidden around the globe are davening and trying to maintain hope and optimism as R’ Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin of Postville, Iowa, stands for trial. At 8 a.m. tomorrow, Judge Linda Reade will address a motion to change the venue of the trial and a request to delay the trial of the former manager of Agriprocessors, Inc. The U.S. District Court Judge will also hear Sholom Mordechai’s motion to dismiss all 163 counts against him because of alleged abuse of the grand jury process.

Sholom Mordechai and three managers of Agri, which was raided by immigration agents in May 2008 and sold to SHF Industries in July, have pleaded not guilty to immigration, bank, wire and mail fraud charges. The unprecedented immigration raid led to the arrest of 389 immigrant workers.

Currently, the federal trial of the four men and the plant itself is scheduled for September 15 in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. Judge Linda Reade previously denied a request by several lawyers to postpone the trial.

Defense lawyers Jim Clarity and Guy Cook will ask Reade tomorrow to reconsider her ruling.

American gedolim have signed a letter written by the Novominsker Rebbe, Rav Yaakov Perlow, Rosh Agudas Yisroel of America, encouraging Yidden to provide financial assistance to R’ Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin.

The letter, which was written on 9 Tammuz by the Novominsker Rebbe himself, was signed by Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, rosh yeshiva of Philadelphia Yeshiva; the Mattesdorfer Rov, Rav Simcha Bunim Ehrenfeld; and Rav Moshe Wolfson, rov of Bais Medrash Emunas Yisroel of Boro Park and mashgiach of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas.

Shalom Mordechai, targeted for destruction by PETA and the very unions which have destroyed manufacturing in the country and sent millions of jobs overseas, is fighting for his life.

“Ever person is entitled to a presumption of innocence and the ability to have their day in court to absolve themselves of the charges being brought against them,” says Elisha Ferber, a Matzav.com writer familiar with the case.

“The Rubashkin family company ran an exemplary slaughterhouse which supplied Jews across the country with affordable kosher meat. Today, Shalom Mordechai is unable to afford adequate legal counsel which will be able to prove that he is being railroaded and unfairly scapegoated.”

The family is renowned for their many acts of tzedakah and chesed which they conducted while they enjoyed financial success. Now, with their business taken from them and without sufficient income to pay their bills, they turn to fellow Yidden with their hands out asking to rescue their beloved husband, father, son and brother.

Those who can assist should make checks out to Pidyon Shvuyim Fund and mail them to Pidyon Shvuyim Fund, 53 Olympia Lane, Monsey, NY, 10952-2829.

All are asked to daven for Sholom Mordechai Halevi ben Rivkah.

 {Dovid Bernstein-Matzav.com Newscenter}

8 COMMENTS

  1. Finally, clear-sighted leadership on this issue. My only problem is why couldn’t we have had this earlier before all the crazy people chimed in and affected most of klal yisroel’s opinion?

  2. SITUATION IS CLEAR: REB RUBASHKIN IS INNOCENT !!!
    EXPLANATION:
    HE IS PROSECUTED BY AMERICAN LAW WICH IS DEHUMANIZED AND FAR AWAY FROM JUSTICE ! ON THEIR COURT REB RUBASHKIN TOLD THE TRUTH AND LOGICALY EXPLINED SITUATION, BUT DID NOT HAVE IDEA THAT TRUTH AND LOGIC ARE IRRITATING SENSELESS QUAZI-COURT PROCESS… DESCRIBED OF COURSE AS : “ABUSE OF GRAND JURY PROCESS”, WICH IS APERING AS TRAGYCOMIC OUTCOM.
    LAW WHICH IS PROTECTING CRIMINALS AS WEL AS THEIR COURT IS APSURD.
    THEY TOOK HIM AS A VICTIM BY PURPOSE TO ROBE HIM AND PUT HIM AND HIS FAMILY ON SHAME.
    HIS BUSINESS WAS EMERGED TO HELP IN VITAL PART OF EVERY DAY JUDEO-LIFE. HE SUPPLIED HIS FELLOWS WITH AFFORDABLE KOSHER MEAT !!!
    IT’S CLEAR ATTENTION OF CRIMINALS TO BRING INNOCENT AND PIOUS REB RUBASHKIN TO THEIR COURT AND PUT HIM AND HIS FAMILY IN THE STRESS AND SHAME BY PURPOSE TO ANNOUNCE HIM AS GUILTY AND ROBE HIM. THIS IS THEIR GOAL. HIS “GRAVE MISTAKE” WAS “DISOBEDIENCE” ON THEIR VULGAR TRIAL.
    THEY DID NOT ALOVE HIM TO DEFENSE HIM SELF ON THE WAY HE WANT AND THAT WAS OBVIOUSLY ON THE TRUTH LINE. HIS DEFENSE EVIDENTLY PRESENTED ALL OF THEM ( QUAZI LAW, QUAZI COURT AND QUAZI JUDGE ) AS DANGEROUS CRIMINALS WITH THEIR DENGER TULS. THEY REMAINED DEATLY INSULTED. RESULT: PROSECUTION IS ON !
    ALL OF US SHOULD SIGN PETITIONS AGAINST THIS ANTISEMITISTIC TRIAL, AND HELP PIOUS RUBASHKIN, WHO MUST GET COMPENSATION FOR LOST IN HIS BUSINESS, WHICH MUST BE RETURNED BACK TO HIM EMMEDIATELLY, FOR EXPENSES FOR HIS LAWYERS AND OF COURSE FOR HIS ABUSED HEALTH AND BRUTALY DISTURBED FAMILY LIFE!
    THE JUDGE LINDA READE MUST BE REPORTED TO APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR BRUTAL PROFESSIONAL HARMING OF FREEDOM OF
    SPEACH AND DEFENSE, ETC.
    &
    DOES ARROGANT MADAME LINDA R. KNOW THAT EVEN MEMBERS OF GESTAPO ON THE FAMOUS NIRNBERG’S TRIAL HAD RIGHT TO DEFENSE THEM SELF?

  3. Not only is Sholom Mordechai ben Rivka on trial, this is an offensive against all of Klall Yisroel and each and everyone much daven for him as for a brother.

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