Tefillos for Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin; Gedolim Call for Yidden to Offer Financial Assistance
Dovid Bernstein • Matzav.com
Yidden 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.
As I reported in July, the haredi Rubashkin Pidyon Shvuyim fund is based at the American offices of the haredi newspaper Yated Ne'eman, itself located in the home of its editor, Pinchas Lipschitz.