Hundreds of community activists involved in the case on behalf of Shalom Rubashkin were invited to a Seudas Hoda’ah in Monsey on Monday night to celebrate his release. The event was held at the Ateres Charna Hall in New Square.
“Hanosen Teshua Lamilachim” (הַנּוֺתֵן תְּשׁוּעָה לַמְּלָכִים) – a special prayer for Kings and dignitaries which appears in many Sedurim, was recited for President Donald Trump by attorney Yerachmiel Simmons. The crowd erupted into applause when the name of the President of the United States was mentioned.
The main speaker was Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz of the Yated Ne’eman Newspaper.
In a social media post about the event, Yisroel Besser of Mishpacha magazine quoted Rabbi Lipschutz who was talking about the Achdus that the Rubashkin story generated: “Look at the head table and tell me if there’s anywhere in the world where we can have the Rov from Kiryas Yoel, Rav Moshe Kotlarsky from Crown Heights and Rav Genack from Teaneck”.
YWN notes that Rabbi Lipschutz was one of the central figures leading the fight to have Rubashkin released from prison.
Although many people did many things to help Rubashkin, not a week went by – for eights years – where the Yated didn’t have some sort of update on the Rubashkin case. Many articles were in depth, and explained the travesty of justice that was delivered to Rubashkin. Rabbi Lipschutz single-handily kept the Rubashkin case alive in the Orthodox Jewish media as he championed the cause every single week.
Rubashkin’s prison sentence was opposed by more than 115 former Attorney Generals, DAG’s, prosecutors, judges and legal scholars.
As YWN mentioned last night, before the Sedas Hoda’ah started, dozens of Jewish music stars were at the hall to record a remix of the “Unity” song which was made when Rubashkin was given his harsh prison sentence. The video was featured on YWN in 2010 and was viewed nearly 1 million times since then.