By COLlive reporter
Hundreds of people greeted the newly released Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin outside his home in Monsey, New York, Wednesday night.
One person present reported that the street was blocked off by police and that the crowd was dancing accompanied by Chassidic music.
News of President Donald Trump commuting Rubashkin’s harsh prison sentence was met with jubilation and celebrations in the frum Jewish world.
“This is not my simcha, this is everyone simcha,” Rubashkin, wearing a Lubavitcher hat and a l’chaim cup in his hand, told the crowd at his home.
He said he got the news about his commute on Tuesday at the Federal Correctional Institution – Otisville, a medium security prison in Mount Hope, New York.
“In the whole jail, nobody can believe that I walked out,” he said. “I looked at their faces, they were dumbfounded.”
Rubashkin said he walked out of prison on Wednesday with his Tallis and Tefillin bag leaving the rest of his belongings there for later retrieval. Not knowing when exactly he’d be released, he took out 2 seforim from his locker – the Chitas and Chovos Halevavos.
“Hashem answers our tefilos,” he said in impromptu remarks. “Hashem is our loving father. Whoever needs a yeshua (help from Above), should have one and we should have the ultimate yeshua of the coming of Moshiach.”
According to reports, Rubashkin will travel to pray at the Rebbe’s Ohel gravesite in Queens and then meet up with family in Brooklyn.
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