In Sioux Falls, South Dakota during his federal fraud trial, Chabad yeshiva students printed an edition of the Tanya, the foundational work of Chabad theology, at a local Staples, in honor of Sholom Rubashkin. Sholom Rubashkin joined them.
Updated 1:20 am CDT 6-7-11.
Tanyas for Supporters of Rubashkin Campaign
The remaining Tanyas printed by Sholom Mordechai in Sioux Falls, South Dakota during his trial will be presented to special supporters of the Sholom Across America campaign.
Chabad.info • 4 Sivan 5771 (06.06.2011)
It was a wet and windy day in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and all had finished a long day in the Federal Court House watching Sholom Rubashkin’s court case unfold. At exactly 5 PM, the time that the court adjourned, Sholom and a handful of bochurim drove to a nearby Staples and printed the first ever Tanya in Sioux Falls.
Printing Tanyas throughout the world was a special directive of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, and Sholom was very proud that he had the opportunity to fulfill this directive in Sioux Falls.
While most of these Tanyas have been handed out, including a few left in South Dakota, a small number of Tanyas do still remain. This week these remaining special Tanyas will be presented to special supporters of the Sholom Across America campaign. They, together with all of the supporters of the campaign, have brought the total collected in Crown Heights to more than $60,000.
May the Tanyas bring blessings to those that will receive them, and a special blessing to Sholom Rubashkin.
The Tanya contains some of the most virulent anti-Gentile statements ever printed in the name of Judaism, and that the author of the Tanya, the first rebbe of Chabad, Schneur Zalman of Liadi, did not consider non-Jews to be fully human.
Here is a part of what Sholom Rubashkin printed that day in Sioux Falls:
מה שאין כן נפשות אומות העולם הן משאר קליפות טמאות שאין בהן טוב כלל
The souls of the nations of the world, however, emanate from the other, unclean kelipot [husks] which contain no good whatever
כמו שכתוב בע׳ חיים שער מ״ט פרק ג׳: וכל טיבו דעבדין האומות לגרמייהו עבדין
as is written in Etz Chayim, Portal 49, ch. 3, that all the good that the nations do, is done out of selfish motives.
Since their nefesh [soul] emanates from kelipot [husks] which contain no good, it follows that any good done by them is for selfish motives.
וכדאיתא בגמרא על פסוק: וחסד לאומים חטאת — שכל צדקה וחסד שאומות העולם עושין אינן אלא להתייהר כו׳
So the Gemara [Babylonian Talmud] comments on the verse, “The kindness of the nations is sin” — that all the charity and kindness done by the nations of the world is only for their self-glorification
––Tanya, end of chapter 1
[Hat Tip: Nachos.]