By COLlive reporter
Former president Donald Trump spoke at the Torah Umesorah conference in Florida on Friday, receiving a hero’s welcome.
Trump gave a speech before the annual President’s Conference of Torah Umesorah at his club, National Doral, in Miami. The event is part of a days-long gathering that brings together leaders, educators and askanim for the group, which promotes Torah-based religious education and Jewish private day schools.
The event comes at a particularly delicate time for Trump. Over the Thanksgiving holiday break, the former president hosted a dinner at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach with Kanye West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes.
During the speech, Trump enumerated his many acts as president in support of Israel and the Jewish people, including the moving of the Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and many other actions for which he received pressure and criticism from other world leaders.
While he read the list to applause from the crowd, there was one item that got the loudest applause and a standing ovation from the participants, to Trump’s surprise.
“We commuted the antisemitic Iowa prison sentence of Sholom Rubashkin,” Trump said, a statement which was met with loud cheers.
“That gets a bigger hand than Jerusalem?” Trump asked.
Trump then asked about the welfare of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, the Lubavitcher meat packing plant executive who had been serving a cruel and unfair prison sentence until he was released on Chanukah in 2017 with the assistance of the President.
“Is he still healthy? Is he still around?” Trump asked, and then noted that “Every time I mention that, it gets a bigger hand,” than anything else.
“That was a terrible thing…” Trump said about the injustice. “I should have done that and just left,” Trump then quipped.
VIDEO: Trump mentions commuting Sholom Rubashkin’s prison sentence