[Updated videos below.] Last night, an estimated 10,000 people gathered for a central Brooklyn gathering on behalf of Reb Sholom Mordechai ben Rivkah Rubashkin. The rally was held following the formal announcement of the sentencing yesterday and on the eve of the sentencing to take place in Iowa today.
The event was held at Bais Yaakov Hall on 15th Avenue in Boro Park, Brooklyn.
The asifa began at 9 p.m. with Tehillim. The program chairman was Rabbi Shlomo Eliezer Meisels.
The first speaker was Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz, publisher of Yated Ne’eman. He was followed by Rabbi Avrohom Schorr, rov of Khal Tiferes Yaakov and Rabbi Shimon Zev Meisels, rov of Bais Medrash Yismach Moshe in Kiryas Yoel
The guest speaker was Mr. Nat Lewin, prominent Washington, DC, attorney who is heading the legal team formulating the Rubashkin appeal.
The final speaker was Getzel Rubashkin, son of Reb Sholom Mordechai.
The event did not end until after 12:30 a.m.
The gathering drew thousands to the Bais Yaakov building itself, and a latrge screen was set up outside for the overflow crowd. Thousands filled the street, which was closed off by police.
Thousands watched the event live here on Matzav.com and COLlive.com. Tens of thousands listened in on a teleconference of the event on the Chazak Hotline and the Kol Mevaser News Hotline.
Mr. Lewin, renowned as a champion of justice and expert in human rights and constitutional law, presented a unique viewpoint on the travesty of justice taking place in Iowa. Lewin, as mentioned, heads the legal team which will be appealing the verdict which found Sholom Mordechai guilty.
Lewin related that he believes that the Rubashkin family was singled out for prosecution in part because of the campaign led against them by PETA and as such is an attack on kosher shechitah in America.
Similar rallies have been held across the country in New Square, NY; Miami Beach, FL; Lakewood, NJ; Los Angeles, CA; Monsey, NY, and other communities.
Below are various video clips from last night’s event:
The full speeches by Attorney Nat Lewin and Getzel Rubashkin:
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A view of the crowd outside as Nat Lewin is speaking:
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Attorney Nat Lewin:
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Getzel Rubashkin, Video 1:
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Getzel Rubashkin, Video 2:
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Rav Avrohom Schorr:
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Choir singing Aneini:
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