By COLlive reporter
Since being commuted by President Donald Trump last week, former kosher meat executive Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin has been on a marathon of meetings to thank key supporters during his plight.
As reported on COLlive.com, his first stop after being released from the Otisville prison in New York was his home in Monsey, then to his elderly parents in Boro Park, following which he visited 770 in Crown Heights and then davened at the Rebbe’s Ohel in Queens.
His first visit was to the Skverer Rebbe, R’ David Twersky, in New Square, where a large crowd of chassidim waited for him outside. Upon the conclusion of the warm meeting, they danced and handed him a microphone to give short remarks.
On Motzoei Shabbos, the Munkacser Rebbe R’ Moshe Leib Rabinovich hosted members of the Rubashkin family in his shul in Boro Park. Following Havdalah, her personally greeted Rubashkin’s father Avrohom Aaron Rubashkin and grandchildren.
Sholom Mordechai, his father and children then went to Kiryas Joel, New York, where they were received by the Satmar Rebbe R’ Aaron Teitelbaum. During the friendly meeting, the Satmar Rebbe shook the hands of each of the Rubashkin’s sons.
On Tuesday, Rubashkin and his entourage visited the Satmar Rebbe R’ Zalman Teitelbaum in his home in Williamsburg. Joining were Crown Heights askanim R’ Chanina Sperlin, Shlomo Drimmer, Noach Fox and Eli Slavin.
Rubashkin told the Satmar Rebbe in detail about what transpired after he was released and that he did not need a change of clothing, sharing what his wife Leah Rubashkin said in an interview before the commutation.
“In our car we consistently have the clothing of my husband – a hat, white shirt and kapota,” Mrs. Rubashkin told an Israeli publication last month. “I am always ready and prepared to get the call that he is being released this moment. We are on high alert and believe it can happen any moment.
“We were a nice family that was living a nice life. My husband ran a slaughterhouse in Postville in Iowa, everything was going smoothly. Then one dark day, everything ended. My dear husband was convicted and the American authorities decided to sentence him to 27 years in prison,” she said.
She said that while the difficulty and pain was a daily feeling, “we know that we have to believe and live in faith that at any moment, Hashem could change the situation.”
The Satmar Rebbe expressed the zchus that Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin has for bringing out such tremendous achdus and Ahavas Yisroel among Jewish people.
Video: Rubashkin visits Slonimer Rebbe from Bnei Brak