[Donate link below.] Today, a mother will watch as her son’s future is considered by a complete stranger – one who does not speak our language, understand our customs, or comprehend the uniqueness of our community. Can he be convinced that the dynamics of the beautiful, insular community of Bnei Brak does not lend itself to teenage drug trafficking?
The devoted askonim and defense lawyers representing Yoel Zev are hoping that they can. They have been working tirelessly these last few months to prepare Yoel Zev for his upcoming trial. Due to Japanese court regulations, there will be no chance for Yoel Zev to provide testimony to explain and describe how he was swindled into bringing illegal drugs into Japan. Instead, he will undergo intense questioning, both from the defense and prosecuting attorneys, and the judge will glean the full story based on his responses.
Yoel Zev’s legal team has attempted to construct all possible strategies that may be employed by the prosecution. They have trained Yoel Zev to provide the appropriate responses for each eventuality. The legal team has prepared him well. They have spent months training him for the cross-examination expected of the prosecution, as well as appropriate responses to the defense’s questions used to construct a true version of the events as they occurred.
The trial is scheduled to begin today. Testimony will continue through Wednesday, October 20. Two expert witnesses from the Jewish community will testify on Yoel Zev’s behalf. One will act as a character witness and the second will objectively describe the insular community in which Yoel Zev grew up. He will portray the beauty of its seclusion and detachment from the rest of the world. He will explain that teenagers living in this environment have no exposure to drugs, nor can they be expected to suspect someone they trust of using them as pawns to transport illegal substances.
Many family members, including Yoel Zev’s mother, will be attending the trial together with a small group of Jews hailing from all over of the world who will gather to show their support. Contemplate this mother’s anguish, her heartache, her pain. Let’s minimize it by increasing our levels of bitachon and our connection to tefillah. Keep Yoel Zev ben Mirel Risa Chava in your minds when you daven and perform mitzvos during these critical days.
To assist in covering the exorbitant legal expenses of the defense, call 718-534-0030 24 hours a day to donate, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks can be made out to Orach Chaim Rescue Fund and mailed to Orach Chaim Rescue Fund, c/o Rav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, 521 Fifth Street, Lakewood, NJ, 08701.