Equal and Fair Justice for Sholom Rubashkin

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Novominsker Rebbe to Address Massive Five Towns Rubashkin Asifa Next Week

Letter from Sholom Mordechai

reb weissmandl, reb pinchas, all my brothers askonim and all my family shyichyu,
A Guten Erev Shabbos Parshas Vayechi, Shabbos CHAZAK,
Vayechi, es darf zein gelebt mit dem oibeshter
CHAZAK zai Shtark fin dem oibeshter
we were sitting in a sukkah, when i was bochur in Yeshivah. we were going to say the Brocho on Geshem. the one that was talking said a great pshat on the tefillah we were all going to say together in Shul by Birchas Geshem,
at the siyum of the speacial teffilah there are three simple Brochois that the whole klal says together after the chazan, and we all say amen.  one of them is LECHAIM VELOI LAMOVES. we are summing up all the piyutim about the Brocho of Geshem with this simple three words! Life and not death.
he was was saying that there is a Chakira, why are we saying the Request for Life in a double fashion?.
Lechaim means to or for Life.  LOI LAMOVES means not to, or for, Death. that could be said simply. LECHAIM.
if we are asking for Life to live  and we are given Life to live, then obviously there is no death.
on a side note,
bederech tzachus, here  in prison there is a different meaning to the word "life".
when someone says he got "life", we all know that we are  not asking for it.
also, the one that did not get "life" is definitely not asking for it.
actually he is trying every way he can to get rid of his receiving "life"
here " Life" means Death.
but, i do not think that is why we are all saying Lechaim Veloi Lamoves.

the one explaining said that just because a person does not die ("LOI LAMOVES") , does not mean automatically, that the person is living.  some people wake up in the morning, gis negel vasser, daven and go to work. they are not dead, But they are also not alive. it may very well be that the guy was not run over by a truck and died but that is not truly being alive.
LIFE means GELEBT, Chayois in a mitzvah, Varemkeit in doing a yid a favor, simcha in learning. azoi hut men geredt.
True Life is Forever. For example the human body is not really alive, its a dead piece of meat. to be alive the Guf needs to be always be connected to its life force, the Neshama. the Neshama is not like a motor that pushes a gear. the Neshama actually makes the Lifeless Guf Alive. But,  if there is ever a severance from life chas vesholim, there is death.
so,  being alive is not only because death has not occurred yet. being alive is a Metzius onto itself.
But,  one can only be truly alive when he is connected to the Mokoir of all life and existence, which is Hashem, HU ELOKIM CHAIM. the posuk in the Novei is, VEHASHEM ELOKIM EMES HU ELOKIM CHAIM.  Like Life that is forever so truth is Forever. there can be no change in life as there can be no change in truth. they are constantly the same  in every place and in ALL Time. therefore for a creation like a person to be alive is, only by doing what its in the Posuk." Veatem Hadvekim Bahasehm Eloikechem CHAIM KULCHEM hayoim". Life is when we are dovuk, connected,  in Hashem, the true Life.
if a person were to be disconnected from his source of life the there is death. which would show that even when he was alive, he was never truly alive. if something is true only sometimes then its not the total truth. same for life. if there will be death, then even when it is seemingly in motion, it is not real life. here is a example.
we see this in Halacha. there is a halacha about life.  when there is needed Mayim Chayim, water of life, for the Ashes of the poroh adumah. the water must be from a spring of LIVING water. ever see water that's dead?  what does the Toirah Mean that we need to use LIVING water? the explanation is, that if the spring of the water, dries up once in seven years then the water that is found in that spring is called "Mayim Kozvois" falsher vasser, water of falsehood. it is not Mayim Chaim and therefore is not kosher for the Mayim Chaim needed. in other words, even when there is water flowing in this stream. the water is not alive, it  cannot be considered Living Water because of the fact that there is a time that the water will cease to flow. it can not be considered living waters if its not constant.  so we see that TRUE LIFE is True which forever, never ceasing to be.

getting back to our deep hearted, request from Hashem, on shmini Atzeres.  "Lechaim Veloi Lamoves". the Bakosho nafshis is that we should be ALIVE. we say LECHAIM, and then we clarify to Hashem what we are asking for with Life that is True real life not because we did not die 'VELOI LAMOVES". we want to be LIVE, LIFE THAT IS TRUE LIFE, not just because we did not die. that is achieved by being connected to the source of life , thru learning Toirah and Doing Mitzvois. here is the connection with the Parsha Vayechi
This Parsha is all about the Petirah of Yaakoiv Avinu. seemingly not about yaakoiv Avinu's life which we had in the Previous Parshios.  Yet the name is VAYECHI YAAKOIV, UN YAAKOIV HUT GELEBT, "LIFE".  Yaakoiv Avinu lived for 147 years, yet the last Seventeen are singled out in the posuk. The Kli Yokor and more mefarshim, explain that the years he lived in Mitzrayim were so good that it gave life "lemafraya" to all the 130 years that were full of Tzorois. How does that work?.
we know that Yaakov was one of the Three Avois Hakdoishim and his Life was always Dovuk in Hashem. this becomes revealed, only after we see that Yaakoiv LIVED in Mitzrayim, for 17 Years. Lived, means that he was in total connection with Hashem. Yaakoiv's existance in Mitzrayim was not the same that he had experienced ever before in his life.
Beruchnius, he was out of eretz Yisroel. He was in Eretz Mitzrayim, Ervas Hooretz. the most morally corrupt place. But
Begashmius,he had in the best he ever had. he was in a great surrounding with all his family. he was  with all his sons and ainiklach, watching grow into a nation. His beloved Son Yoisef was the Moishel in Mitzrayim. Yaakoiv problems were all finished. BUT,  with all that, the Toirah Tells us and says Aidus that VAYECHI yaakoiv, he was ALIVE thru his Deveikus and connection with HAshem. this proved and made known that he was always like that . The Avoidah And Dveikus that he had in times of Tzoros was because he was truly Alive and connected. not because he had problems and Tzorois and needed help from Hashem. Yaakoiv is midas EMMES, Yaakoiv does not change with the Surrounding and circumstance. Yaakoiv is always e connected with Hashem. there can be no one that could say that his previous learning and Teffilois were prompted because of his tough situation. Because there is the proof of how he lived when his situation totally changed from Tzorois that seemed to go on and on, to a Harchava that was truly amazing. with all that change he stayed ALIVE and Connected with HASHEM HACHAYIM. actuall his best Years were in the land of Mitzrayim, therefore these 17 years gave LIFE to all the previous years and proved beyond any doubt that Yaakoiv Avinu was a Merkovo to Hashem. always and forever.
the same is to be said for the Shevatim and there whole Klal Yisroel. their seder of their avoidah was in a  different order, but with the same Avoidah besimcha and connected. the Shevatim were in total Deveikus to Hashem when the times were good. when they had their brother as king and Yoisef took care of all their needs. "Vayechalkel Yoisef es Echov". the Yidden were missing nothing. they were growing into a beutifful and strong nation. they grew so well till the Mitzriyim noticed their greatness and therefore enslaved them. BUT even when they were suddenly thrown into very dark times, the Yidden did not change with their change of circumstances. the yidden stayed loyal to Hashem in the years of slavery as they were Loyal to Hashem in the Years of Greatness and prosperity. that is why Rashi chooses two of the three reasons that  the medrash brings of why Vaychi is STUMA. one reason is,  because when Yaakoiv Passed away the Slavery began. the Second is, that Yaakoiv wanted to reveal the Keitz and the shchina left Yaakoiv and he could not reveal it. the Yidden therefore, never knew when the slavery and pain were to end. actually, they most probably figured there were at least 190 years of slavery left to go according to the Mesoirah of Avrohom Avinu by Bris bein Habsorim, when the time of Geulah came. RAshi explains that the hardship the Yidden had in slavery was double. First,Yaakoiv passes away and they loose their freedom to become slaves and need to do backbreacking work. Second is,  that they are NOT  told when the darkness and pain will end. it seems that it will continue more and more time. Yet still with all that darkness the yidden do NOT lose their Emunah and Bitachoin in Hashem.
They stay Connected and ALIVE. they are  VELOI LAMOVES, they never die. they are ALIVE because they are full of life. with simcha and freid they serve Hashem in all matzovim.
That is why the Whole Parsha is called Vayechi, GELEBT, because even though the parsha talks about the petirah of Yaakoiv. Because its only in this Parsha that Yaakoiv makes his Cheshban hanefesh. he sees that has stayed Dovuk in Hashem in all MAtzovim. now it can be said that YAAKOIV is Truly Alive. along together with Yaakoiv, the same is also said  for all the Bnei yisroel. it is in this Parsha that we see that the Yidden are truly ALIVE. first we we learnt in Vayigash, in the last Posuk, how the Yidden prospered in Eretz Goishen. then we learn in Vayechi that the Tzorois is starting. Yet, the Yidden remain steadfast and constant in their connection and deveikus with Hashem. That is TRULY LIFE. ALIVE BECAUSE OF LIFE not because men hut nisht geshtorben.
The Lesson of all this is very relevant to all of us. when changes happen to someone there is a natural tendency to change along with the change of circumstance. if the change is from bad to good Like By Yaakoiv, we need to know that the change is a Nisayoin that Hashem is giving us. to see if we will learn and daven in the Prosperity like we davened when we had Tzorois.
if the change is Rachmono Litzlan from good to Bad like by the shevatim, we have to know how the Shevotim acted.
it was lav davka as a punishment, Rather it was in a Kur Habarzel to develop the Yidden where they will become the
"AM HANIVCHAR". where they will be able to say NAASEH VENISHMA, when there was no other nation that said that.
the YID is ALIVE and full of LIFE, therefore unchangeable in any situation. the Yid is always connected with Hakodoish Baruch HU. the Yid is able to see that EIN OID MILVADOI and therfore the change is not only for a good that is incidental but rather that whatever Hashem does is GOOD in itself. like gam ZU letoivah. the dirt that Nachum Ish GAM ZU saw became GOOD in itself. it was the dirt that saved the Yidden because the roman emporer was so pleased. money and gold would not have done what the dirt did. The yid is never Changing even in a world that is constantly calling for change.
with all of this avoidah we are all ready for Yetzias Mitzrayim, going out of any Mitzarim and Gevulim we find ourselves in,
This shabbos is Shabbos Chazak, MAy Hashem Be Mechazek us and give us all the CHIZUK WE NEED, which is the geulah for every yid in his personal golus which is the Geulah of all yidden out of the whole golus with Moshiach Tzidkeinu.
sholom mordechai halevi

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Women Worldwide Unite


Hi! Please spread this to all your friends and acquaintances - it is a call for tefillah for women everywhere to unite in Tehillim for Shabbos Mevorchim Kislev - to bring the immediate redemption with Moshiach Tzidkeinu.

It is being done Lizchus Sholom Mordechai Halevi Rubashkin.

Tizku L'Mitzvos!

May we merit the immediate geulah for all Klal Yisroel NOW!


Monday, November 1, 2010

Obama Friend Defends Rubashkin

A message from Leah Rubashkin

A message from Leah Rubashkin

Tonight, Chof Hay Mar Cheshvan, marks exactly one year from that ominous day when the jury in Sioux Falls, SD came back with that unjust verdict. How painful it was to sit through the trial, hearing all the lies and knowing all the truths that were purposely left out.

Thank you Hashem for all Your kindness and the help and support of our fellow brothers and sisters.

Much has happened since that day. The dirt is now coming to the top and the truth of the overzealous and unjust prosecution of Sholom Rubashkin is becoming known. Hundreds have cried out concerning the outrageous treatment Sholom has received - from Attorney Generals to Congressmen, from Chabad Chasidim to Litvish - and for that we thank Hashem. But the reality still lingers and Sholom still sits in that dark place.

We have the power to change that reality - especially today Chof Hey Mar Cheshvan.

Please use this day to add in Torah, Tefilla and Tzedakah in the z'chus of Sholom Mordechai haLevi ben Rivka and may he merit the geulah he so deserves!

With great respect,

Leah Rubashkin and family

Jewish Leaders at Agudath Israel Breakfast Laud Rep. Weiner For His Defense of Rubashkin

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

3 More Write to Holder

Judge denies new trial for slaughterhouse manager

Judge Denies New Trial for Rubashkin

Motion for New Trial Denied for Sholom Rubashkin

Des Moines, IA - Judge Denies New Trial for Rubashkin

Two More members Of Congress Write Letter To AG Holder About Rubashkin Case

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Rubashkin Unity Video Released #3

Rubashkin Unity Video Released #2

Rubashkin Unity Video Released #1

Unity Pictures

VIDEOS: Ground Breaking Music Video For Sholom Rubashkin Starring Dozens Of Jewish Music’s Elite Released's-Elite-Released.html

Rubashkin Unity Song Released


Simchas Torah in Otisville, NY

Prosecutorial Misconduct In The Headlines: Rubashkin Case Cited

Torah To Be Written For Rubashkin

Let Sholom Mordechai Attend Bar Mitzvah

Monday, October 4, 2010

"Unity" Preview

Rabbi Pinny Lipshutz

Thousands of us know Rabbi Pinny Lipshutz as the Publisher of the weekly Jewish newspaper, Yated Neeman.

We also know Pinny as someone who has dedicated the last two years of his life to helping a fellow Jew whom we all deeply care about: Sholom Rubashkin

What you may not know is that Pinny is one of the nominees for the Jewish Federation’s “Jewish Community Heroes” campaign – which comes with a prize of $25,000 to further the winner’s communal activities.

Until October 8, 2010, anyone can go online and vote for their favorite nominee. Voting for Pinny Lipshutz can make a tremendous difference, and all it takes is a few seconds. You can vote every day.

Pinny stepped up to the plate to help a Jew he never met. Now that's a Jewish hero!

Click here to vote for Pinny!

PS. Click here for information on how you can help Sholom by writing to your local Congressman and Senator.

Thanks so much for your time & support.

Congressman Defends Rubashkin

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sholom Rubashkin is in prison for 27 years....

Sholom Rubashkin is in prison for 27 years because of unethical, overzealous actions by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the trial judge. New evidence shows that Judge Linda Reade was actively engaged in the planning for the May 2008 raid on Agriprocessors and participated in preparations for the raid. The Des Moines Register last week published an important story that showed the treatment of Sholom Rubashkin is part of a pattern of prosecutorial misconduct by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Iowa.

Read the full Des Moines Register article:

It is time for the Department of Justice to correct this injustice and provide fair justice for Sholom Rubashkin. Already, prominent legal voices are speaking out against the unlawful actions of Chief Judge Linda Reade and the prosecutors in the Rubashkin case. They include Mark Harrison, the former chairman of the American Bar Association’s Commission to Revise the Model Code of Judicial Conduct, and Professor Stephen Gillers, one of the most frequently quoted authority on legal ethics, who teaches at New York University Law School. These ethics experts concluded that Judge Reade violated the Code of Judicial Conduct and the prosecutors engaged in misconduct.

Read their sworn affidavits here: (Harrison) and (Gillers). And the case is drawing the eye of lawmakers, like Rep. Anthony Weiner and Rep. Tim Murphy, who wrote letters to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, seeking an investigation by the Department of Justice into prosecutorial misconduct in the Rubashkin case.

Read the letters here: (Weiner) and (Murphy)
Help those seeking Justice for Sholom Rubashkin by writing to your senators and congressmen and tell them to contact the Department of Justice to request a government investigation into prosecutorial misconduct in the Rubashkin case!


1. Contact your senators and U.S. representative, and ask them to send a letter to Attorney General Holder requesting an investigation.
2. Go on Facebook and Twitter and ask your friends to contact their lawmakers as well.

3. Forward this e-mail to family, friends and fellow supporters of Sholom Rubashkin.

4. Ask your friends and family to visit and sign up to receive e-mails like this one. Please note: It is not appropriate to send e-mails or other correspondence to the judge in this case or the appellate court.

Please direct all e-mails to your local senator or congressman or the Department of Justice Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison at Please keep your comments respectful at all times. Together, we can show prosecutors and the legal community that concerned citizens are watching the case of Sholom Rubashkin, and that he deserves “equal and fair administration of justice under the law.”
Letter From Congressman Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy to Eric Holder

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sholom Mordechai writing

Sholom Mordechai writing to "Rabbi ________, ____, and all my brothers askonim and family"

I just thought to share some excerpts from some letters i received.

a yid from boro park writes,

although we never met before, we sure spent a lot of time together:)

you and i are iseparable. you are with me during most of my teffilos. you occupy my thoughts frequently every day. some times you are with me during my lonely walks, and occasionally when driving my car or going to sleep. you also join me while spending time with my family and friends and you continue to be part of my shabbos table. you and i are not strangers. in essence we klal yisroel are all actually but one person. and then he brings reb meir shapiro vort of atem kruyim adam

a businessman from boro park on his buissnes stationary writes how he is sitting in his office, a average person but he says

for some reason he has a feeling of emptiness.

" since the unfortunate thing happened with you my children ages 3 and 7 are coming home from school davening for you giving tzedokoh for you my wife benching licht 10 minutes before the zman for you and benching from the siddur etc. ( i like the etc most because that means az men is a hoilech , men geit veiter.)

one day after sentencing in shul someone was saying that your sister was crying and you were mechazik her. i sat down in shul amazed how can a person in such a matzav give chizuk to someone else ? i was thinking a whole day if chas vesholom this would happen to me would i be able to give chizuk to someone else? i spoke to my rov about this last night, he told me it must be the sefer tanya that could give such bitachon."

so this yid starts learning tanya.!!

another yid writes that when he gets up in middle of the night to help give his baby a bottle sometimes his yarmulke would be on the bed and now since this story he makes sure to always wear his yarmulke.!

another letter from a family about their kaboloh and chizuk in tzenius

Baruch Hashem i also received some letters of brochos of chizuk from many yeshovos and also some rabbonim and rosei yeashivah. MI KEAMCHO YISROEL. Hashem sees all this achdus and our teffilos and bakoshos will be answered and in a way of " ad meheirah yorutz devoroi" i want to share some of the feeling that i am haveing with all of you an i am writing

a note to all my brothers and sisters thanking them all for the tefillos and mitzvohs and learning and for sure we are dancing together for this upcoming yom tov sukkos and simchas beis hasoeva this year 5771 AMEN VEAMEN


Jewish Community Heroes: 2

Sunday, August 22, 2010




New information shows that Judge Linda Reade, who presided over the Rubashkin trial and sentenced him to 27 years in prison, spent more than six months working to plan the raid on the Agriprocessors plant in Postville.

The judge never disclosed her work, or offered to recuse herself from the trial.

The new information sheds light on some of the decisions that Judge Reade made while presiding over the Sholom Rubashkin case, including imposing a sentence of two years more than what prosecutors recommended.

She apparently had a personal stake in the outcome of the Rubashkin case because she had been involved in the planning of the Agriprocessors raid for more than six months.

Show your support for Sholom Rubashkin by telling the Justice Department to investigate the prosecution and trial of Sholom Rubashkin.


1. Read the articles in the National Law Journal.

2. Send a respectful e-mail to the Department of Justice Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison (

3. Tell them to investigate the prosecution and trial of Sholom Rubashkin.

4. Remind them that more than two dozen former senior Justice Department officials – including six former U.S. attorneys general – said it would be an “absurdity” for a sentence of life in prison, or anything close to it, for a 51-year-old, first-time, non-violent offender.

5. Go on Facebook and Twitter and ask your friends to send an e-mail as well.

6. Forward this e-mail to family, friends and fellow supporters of Sholom Rubashkin.

7. Ask your friends and family to visit and sign up to receive e-mails like this one.

Please note: It is inappropriate to send e-mails or other correspondence to the judge in this case or the appellate court. Please direct all e-mails to the Department of Justice Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison at Please keep your comments respectful at all times.

Together, we can show prosecutors and the legal community that concerned citizens are watching the case of Sholom Rubashkin, and that he deserves “equal and fair administration of justice under the law.”

Unity for Justice

Israelis Sing for Rubashkin

Friday, August 13, 2010

New Evidence: Rubashkin Judge Should Have Disqualified Herself

Justice denied

Washington Jewish Week Editorial

Unbiased judges are the bedrock of our judicial system. The concept of
judicial impartiality is often portrayed by Themis, the Greek goddess
of justice, who is blindfolded, with a sword and scales. The blindfold
tells us that the judge will not be swayed by instructions from the
executive branch of government; the scales are meant to show
even-handedness; the sword, indicates that honest decisions will be
carried out.
Allegedly, Chief District Judge Linda Reade was not symbolically
attired in that fashion when she made her ruling in the case against
Shalom Rubashkin. The judge had sentenced the kosher meatpacking
executive to 27 years in prison earlier this summer after he was
convicted on federal financial fraud charges.
According to an article on the website The Cutting Edge, federal
documents and court filings indicate that the judge had been intimately
involved in planning the raid on the Agriprocessors kosher meat plant
in Postville, Iowa, in 2008. The raid led to the trial and sentencing
of Rubashkin.
She “participated in many aspects of the raid and prosecution ‘game
plan’ nearly from its planning inception in October, 2007, some six
months before the raid and long before the ultimate trial of Rubashkin
before her,” the reporter writes.
The judge allegedly did not disclose her involvement in the case as
federal law dictates, although she did state that she had been in
contact with law-enforcement personnel to ensure that the workers in
the plant would have access to attorneys and translators following the
Rubashkin’s lawyers —Nathan and Alyza Lewin of the District — have
filed papers calling for a retrial and the judge’s recusal.
If these allegations are proven to be accurate, the judge’s conduct was
appalling. A judge being intimately involved in the prosecution of an
accused is a gross violation of the most basic principles of the law.
In trials, appearances count. Even a hint of bias undermines the
public’s faith not only in the decision at hand but the American system
of justice.
That’s especially so in this case where a fervently Orthodox Jew was
tried in a place where most people probably had never even seen a Jew
prior to the meat plant’s opening. And, to further complicate matters,
the defendant was sentenced to 27 years in prison, two years more than
the 25 the prosecution asked for.
We are not advocating for Rubashkin, but rather for impartial judges
and justice, without even a hint of bias.
Toward that end, a new trial would seem to be in order.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rubashkin judge accused of massive conflict of interest

Rubashkin Judge is Exposed

Breaking News: Rubashkin Judge Exposed for Having Unlawful Private Meetings With Prosecutors

Cedar Rapids, IA - New Evidence Shows Judge Unlawfully Presided Over Rubashkin Trial

Rubashkin lawyers seek new trial

Judge in Rubashkin trial allegedly participated in raid planning

Evidence Shows Judges Bias in Rubashkin Trial

BREAKING NEWS: New Evidence Shows Judge Reade Unlawfully Presided Over Rubashkin Trial, Participated In Raid Planning,-Participated-In-Raid-Planning.html

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Million Mitzvahs Campaign


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Be A Part of the Achdus for Sholom Campaign

Tehillim Campaign for Rubashkin

Shabbos Candles

Help Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin
Sholom M. Rubashkin is being transferred from the prison in Iowa (at this point his destination is unknown) and is curently in Oklahoma City, OK. "They forgot" to send his Tallis and Tefillin with him and he has been unable to be in touch with his family. The family has launched a campaign for women to light shabbos candles at least 5 minutes early. In this Zchus may he be zoche to have a complete yeshua and geulah, and may we all be zoche to Moshiach now!
Have a good shabbos

A Message From Mrs. Leah Rubashkin

Voices Added to the Growing Chorus for Rubashkin


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Today, I am Thankful

Bob Barr speaking at the Lakewood Asifa for Rubashkin

Video, Photos: 7,000 Attend Historic Lakewood Asifa for Reb Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin

6,000 at Rubashkin Rally


Thousands Pack Lake Terrace Hall In Support Of R’ Shalom Rubashkin

Photos of the Lakewood Rubashkin Asifa in Lake Terrace

Number of Visitors