Monday, April 26, 2010

The Rubashkin Campaign


Rubashkin's supporters are circulating a slick new video urging all thoughtful and sensitive people to petition the Justice Department for leniency on Rubashkin's behalf. See it after the jump, along with a public call for Tehillim on Ruby's behalf.

What do I think about all this? Sigh. I really don't know. I'm convinced of the man's guilt, and general sleaziness, but I'm not sure what his punishment should be. Nor do I have anything concrete to say about the motives of the prosecutors. Could they be anti-Semites, drooling at the chance to put a bearded Jew behind bars? Well, sure. Of course that's possible. I doubt its true, but stranger things have happened.

Isn't it neat what money can do? Ordinary Jews of Brooklyn, Lakewood and Monsey I urge you not to commit fraud expecting that a campaign such as this will be launched on your behalf after you are caught. Unless you are a fabulously wealthy philanthropist you will be ignored.

Next, we give you the big hakhel announcment:

Hakhel in conjunction with Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin announce a major community-wide Kinus for Men and Women on behalf of R' Sholem Mordechai ben Rivka Rubashkin on Tuesday Night April 27th, the evening before his sentencing.

The Program is as follows: Ma'ariv at 9:30 pm, followed by Messages from Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Shlita and Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff, Shlita.

Tehillem will be lead by Rabbi Shloime Mandel, Shlita.

There will be a second Ma'ariv at the conclusion of the Program at approximately 10:20.

Location: 2913 Avenue L. All are URGED to attend.
If you do not live in Brooklyn, please arrange a Kinus in your community.

Ooh boy. A capital "M" Message from C.D. Zweibel. Now, how is hearing from him  going to help make the judge go easy on Mister Rubashkin? If you can explain, I'd like to hear it. And show your work.

PS: At the suggestion of a friend, I am organizing a Hakhel on behalf of David Kernell, who faces 50 years in jail for hacking Sarah Palin's email account. Anybody know his mother's Hebrew name?

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