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.