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A Response to Rubashkin’s Critics

Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet responds to fellow Brits who called Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin "a fraudster" and opposed his visit. Full Story

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Didn’t answer the question.
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Didn’t answer the question.

I think the response is reflective of “community syndrome”- a not uncommon thought that the “orthodox” represent the majority of the Jewish population. The majority (or greater majority) of Jews would not see his freedom in such light as the community, and it is not truly such a joy for all Jews, as claimed. It’s known, and undisputed- surely also by Frank, that the sentence was over zealous. I’d also agree that HaGomel is said, and a seudat hoda’ah made, even a year after, on the anniversary. I also believe that there is humility, in that it was all mesirut… Read more »

Bravo
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Bravo

That’s very courageous!!!!

fellow jew
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fellow jew

well said!!!

Johnathan
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Johnathan

Yitzchok you make me proud

Your the best !
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Your the best !

Keep up your brilliant work your father is smiling down on you

Josh
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Josh

BS”D Excellent rebuttal brought out points that even some of us SM friends although we understood did not think them through

I salute
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I salute

WELL SAID

Forgot to mention
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Forgot to mention

He was sentenced for not being able to pay his loan of 25 mil which couldn’t be paid once the US gov closed his business. And “the whole thing started from an article in the forward magazine”, as Dershowitz said.

wow
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wow

powerful.

Brilliantly written
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Brilliantly written

Thank you R’ Schochat. Articulated well.

Thank you Rabbi Shochet.
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Thank you Rabbi Shochet.

I’m most appalled how many of the Jewish people in London have reacted to Rubashkins coming, where he will be speaking etc……..Unfortunately amongst them so called ‘Lubavitchers’ – even if they may be the ones trying to run Lubavitch of London.
BH there is a Rabbi in London who is talking with his head screwed on.
Kol hakovod.

Rabbi Schochet, very good you stood up for what's right.
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Rabbi Schochet, very good you stood up for what's right.

Ysher Koach.

Great article and thank you
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Great article and thank you

This is a very well written article and brings out some excellent points, thank you for sharing!

Lubavitch london
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Lubavitch london

None of the local lubavitch schools, yeshivas or shuls are inviting rubashkin to speak or farbreng. This is for fear of “what others will say and think, and the wealthy and powerful secular Jews will slander lubavitch and stop their funding”.
There have been other events here inviting rubashkin with packed halls, hardly any Chabad. Mostly the chassidishe oilam.

To number one
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To number one

There is no doubt that Rubashkin wasn’t perfect. He was human. The question is whether his MO was a collective bundle of criminal conduct. If it was, it was barely. Rubashkin’s business was a legit enterprise, not a crime syndicate (certainly not systemic criminal conduct), which at worst if there were criminal mistakes made, it was in style, not fundamental to the business, which deserved probation at worst. Giving him time was draconian and sentencing him to 2.7 decades behind bars was hyper draconian. When someone sat 9 years longer than he should have, it makes him a victim, not… Read more »

As I see it
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As I see it

I see it differently. We live near the Rubashkins, followed the story closely and support him 100 percent. I dont follow much news and the details of the story were irrelevant to me. What I do know is who he is and how strong be remained in prison. His lessons and speaking engagements are focused on how strong he remained even while incarcerated. Can you (I certainly cant!) Imagine being in a prison for 8 years and not watching television once?!?!?! Can you imagine having the level of faith he did on a minute to minute basis?!??! So, while the… Read more »

To Number 1
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To Number 1

I think your comment itself requires further investigation. As you claim he was not charged for the illegal immigration as it was deemed insignificant next to the financial “fraud” that occurred. However, as far as i am aware, he was acquitted of those charges as they had no basis to stand on and as a result the prosecutors went fishing through his financial records to try and catch him on something

Cold hearted people in London
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Cold hearted people in London

Bsd
The same cold hearted BRITs would condemn a poor Jewish person who lived in the pale of settlement but couldn’t make a living so he went against the Russian law and went to work outside the pale of settlement where there were more opportunity for people with know how like himself. If he was caught by the çarist police and sentenced by a çzarist judge they would probably condemn him for adding anti-Semitism excuses to the czar and his ministers.

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#18

Bear in mind not every brit did it, just few. You are talking about fellow jews, dont forget

The future chief Rabbi of England, bh
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The future chief Rabbi of England, bh

Rabbi Schochet is excellent. He should be the chief rabbi

Rabbi Rubashkin is the personification of bitachon
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Rabbi Rubashkin is the personification of bitachon

He’s like Yosef. He’s a righteous man.

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