Watch: Rubashkin Saga Did Not Only End with Dancing, It Began with It

The following is a video of a Melava Malka with Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, during his trial, and 12 days before his conviction. October 31, 2009. Postville, Iowa.
For years on end, every Motzei Shabbos, Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin and his wife Leah would host a Melava Malka at their Postville home. Attending would be the bochurim from the local mesitva, as well as anyone else from the small town who wanted to participate. 12 days after this video was recorded, Sholom Mordechai was imprisoned after being convicted.
In June of 2010, Judge Linda Reade handed out the unprecedented sentence of 27 years behind bars. But that did not change Sholom Mordechai. In the moments before being thrown into his cell, he penned a letter to the students that came to support him, stating: “I am unshaken in my faith of Hashem. I am an Eved Hashem and accept what comes.”
A little over 8 years later, on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, during the last day of Chanukah 5778, President Trump commuted Sholom Mordechai’s sentence, immediately releasing him, and reuniting him with his family, friends and community.
Watch this video to get a glimpse of a human-being experiencing and displaying unshakable and genuine faith in G-d. See what heavenly faith can accomplish. Discover the potential each and every one of us has to also obtain such faith, though may G-d never test us this way.



  1. This clip should be sent to the ainekel of Amaleik, linda reade! This is such an inspiration! Wow! Thanks Matzav for posting!

    • I hope that no one sends her any sort of correspondence. The only correspondence should be from official sources. She should not be able to try to use these letters or emails to garner sympathy.
      Please, please, please don’t send her anything!!!!!!

  2. Which Yeshiva is that? The boys look so nice and refined. You can see a certain aidelkeit on their faces. Maybe it has to do with being out-of- town.
    The achdus in Kllal Yisroel that came about because of this maaseh is unbelievable. Nothing is happenstance. Obviously the Aibishter wanted it to happen davka now. Baruch Hashem. May the achdus continue until Moshiach comes.


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