By COLlive reporter * Photos by Haolam Hachareidi
The Skverer Rebbe, Rabbi Duvid Twersky, has donated towards the substantial legal bills of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin as his attorneys appeal an unusually severe sentence of 27 years in prison.
The undisclosed donation was given following an extensive fundraising drive to assist the former manager of the Agriprocessors meat plant in Postville, Iowa, found guilty on financial fraud charges.
Rubashkin’s 80 year-old father Abraham Aaron Rubashkin of Boro Park and son Meir Simcha Rubashkin traveled last week to the New Square village in New York to meet with the Skverer Rebbe.
They were warmly greeted at his home and were joined by Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz, publisher and editor of Yated Neeman newspaper, who is leading fundraising efforts, and Rabbi Zvi Boyarsky of the Aleph Institute.
The meeting was held at 12:45 AM following a rally in support of Rubashkin in the main Beis Midrash of the village. Chaired by Yisroel Spitzer, the Vice Mayor of New Square, over 600 people attended.
“He took great pride in the contributions of his Chasidim to the effort,” Lipschutz told COLlive.com.
“Even though by the time the rally was over it was very late, the Rebbe spent much time with us, offering wise counsel, brachos, and support,” he added.