Important: PLEASE STOP AND READ THIS!
Wednesday September 16, 2009 9:30 PM
Dear Matzav Readers,
It is two days before Rosh Hashanah. Please read the letter below from a daughter of a hurting family.
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Please read the following letter and grab this mitzvah before the Yom Hadin.
Hi. My name is Roza Weiss. I am the daughter of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin. I live in Colonie, NY with my husband and three daughters (ages four, three and twelve months).
I am sure you are aware of the current situation of the Rubashkin family. The government has targeted our family, and my father in particular, using them as scapegoats. They have been all over the media in this massive witch hunt. I don’t think I could ever have even dreamt such a nightmare. This has been an extremely difficult and desperate time for our family. We truly can not understand the ways of Hashem.
I was brought up in a home that was always full of Chesed and Tzedokah. People would travel to Iowa to ask for help because they knew they would never get turned down. My father never said “no” to anyone that has come to him for help. Everyone was always treated with utmost respect and we always prayed that Hashem would continue to bless our family with the means to continue helping others in their hour of need, and even more importantly, that everyone should have all that they need and nobody should have to ask.
By the time the government began intensifying their attack on my father, shortly before arresting him, my father was left with no finances to defend himself - the immense effort to save the family business coupled with legal bills had completely drained his resources and we had to avail ourselves of the kindness of others. You cannot imagine how hard it was for me to go knocking on people’s doors begging them to help save my father.
Fortunately, the Jewish people are like family and I was received warmly. People clearly saw that this was a vendetta - that it was not about what my father did or didn’t do; rather, it was about who he was. A Jew. As the prosecutor clearly said, a “defacto dual citizen”.
Furthermore, the Jewish community knows of the good that my father (and our family in general) has consistently done for anyone in need, and so they have been very gracious to help us in our time of need.
Shortly after my father was arrested a committee was formed to try and help out. They have been very involved every step of the way, including in making financial decisions.
We have been able to come up with the funds until now and are working very hard to come up with the rest. People have been very generous and have stretched themselves to give donations from the hundreds to the hundred thousands.
We are now at the final stages with a trial set for October 13th two days after Sukkos, the Yom Hilula of the Bardichiver. Baruch Hashem, the lawyers just won two very important motions to continue the case as well as a change of venue and are very optimistic.
They estimate the case from now until the end of the trial will cost about $500,000.
I now turn to you, asking you to please help us.
You can easily donate by clicking on one of the following links.
Piyon Shvuyim Fund
53 Olympia Lane
Monsey NY 10952
I thank you from the bottom of my heart and may Hashem bentch you and your family with good health, happiness and only the greatest success in all your endeavors!
Kchasiva Vchasima Tova!
Roza Weiss (Rubashkin)
According to Roza, "the government has targeted our family, and my father in particular, using them as scapegoats."
Besides the more than 100 charges her father faces for bank fraud, wire fraud, harboring illegal aliens for profit, and the thousands of state charges for employing underage workers, and multitude of regulatory issues related to abuse of employees, her family has other current legal challenges: