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Lakewood bachur figures out Rubashkin conspiracy

I wanted to believe it was achdus. I wanted to believe that orthodox Jews from all walks of life could actually agree on something. I wanted to believe that despite what Rav Ahron, Rav Shach and so many others have said, we would still rally around one of them, defending their rights, regardless of their strange messianic ways. I wanted to believe that everyone had finally given up their anger against the Lubavitch community and had finally come to realize that they weren’t the founders of the closest religion to Judaism as the joke goes.

I tried to believe it, but I always knew something was fishy and when my Rebbe finally admitted to me today, just after second seder, right before we were to rally for Shalom Rubashkin in Lakewood Ir Hakodesh that the achdus we had been seeing wasn’t about achdus at all — it was merely about money.

I should have been shocked but I wasn’t. I knew that many of Lakewood’s residents wouldn’t come out in public support of someone open about their heretical beliefs. I knew there had to something more, something that explained the seemingly unexplainable. Some bachurim and I began to put the pieces together just as we finished our first milchig meal of the nine days.

It made perfect sense. I remember that when the Rubashkin story broke, people were scrambling to buy meat — no one could care less about Rubashkin. Frum Jews can’t live without meat — just look around at the amount of people paying others to make siyumim for them so they can eat meat during the nine days — is it that bad? Can we not forgo the pleasures of eating meat for nine days, minus 2 for Shabbos?

I wonder how the Lubavitch community feels now that they will realize everyone has betrayed them. I wonder if they knew all along that no one really cared about the Rubashkin family, they merely cared about the skyrocketing price of kosher meat due to the shuttering of the largest kosher meat processing plant in the US. Do they realize that people on the frum news sites would jump for joy whenever a false rumor of someone taking over Agriprocessors would surface?

I just hope that some people actually did care about the person and not the money. I definitely did, even though I asked my rebbe multiple times whether or not it was ok to daven for someone whose beliefs are a machlokes of whether or not they are a kofer.

{ 25 comments… add one }
  • Sam July 13, 2010, 4:16 AM

    I think a lot of people genuinely care about Rubashkin and his family. I certainly do though I’m in Israel and it makes no difference to the prices here.

    • Anonymous July 13, 2010, 1:21 PM

      sam, hes joking. this is frum satire.

  • schwartzie July 13, 2010, 6:36 AM

    This is funny. You did this, Hesh? The grammar seems uncharacteristically good.

    • Levy Bernstein July 13, 2010, 10:28 AM

      Heshy gets his articles checked for grammar — sometimes before they get posted, and sometimes afterward. Depends on our schedule.

  • Chuckie D July 13, 2010, 9:19 AM

    We always knew snags don’t have our backs. Isn’t that what these 9 days are all about? Devision? Reflect on unity. Every Jewish soul is important. No Jew left behind! That’s the new campaign.

    Ashkefardic Orthoconserformed don’t matter non we all in this together! Oh wait unless your Lubavitcher, then your on your own 😉

    Chabad Rock On and Free Rubashkin

    Love your fellow Jew.

    • Anonymous July 13, 2010, 10:00 AM

      You kind of defeat your argumenet about loving other Jews with your first line about “snags not having your backs”.

      • Chuckie D July 14, 2010, 9:42 AM

        The yeshivish community needs to own up to it’s indifference. One needs to acknowledge his hill before one can heal.

    • Esther July 14, 2010, 11:35 AM

      “Ashkefardic Orthoconserformed” 🙂

  • Baffled July 13, 2010, 12:12 PM

    Why should we rally behind someone who legitimately committed wrong? Because he is Jewish? What separated us from other more extreme Abrahamic religions is our willingness to separate ourselves from the wrongdoers and represent the mainstream. Why then would anyone in their right mind defend Rubashkin, who mistreated his workers, money laundered etc?

    That is certainly not Torah Judaism, nor a Judaism we should be standing behind; meshiachist or not!

    • evret thing allright? July 13, 2010, 7:27 PM

      you really havnt been falowing the case you really dont know what you are talking about he did not mistreat workers and even the other things yeish lachkor but regardless a yid is sitining in jail and being wrongfully treated we have to speak up and shout with all are might for sholom mordichai

      • MadMaxInJerusalem July 16, 2010, 9:54 AM

        This just goes to show what hypocritical cowards American Jews are. People come out of the woodwork for the semi-retarded guy who was executed for a brutal murder, they come out for Rubashkin, but where the f-ck have they been for Jonathon Pollard the last 25 years he’s been rotting in prison?!

  • Future Druggie July 13, 2010, 1:50 PM

    Baffled, it’s because Rubashkin’s sentence did not fit the crime. Other people have done worse and had shorter jail sentences. He was targeted by the Klu Klux Klan lobby because he was Jewish.

  • Nate July 13, 2010, 4:44 PM

    It was about the money – but it’s no joke. This “Asifas Chizzuk” was done to support the biggest industry in the frum world today – schnorring. The new scam is to call fundraisers “Asifas Chizzuk”, as the recent BMG dinner was called. In this case, it was to pay the lawyers for his appeal. What’s irnoic is that many of the “chizuk” speeches were vilifying the US judicial system, while at the same time they’re asking money to use the judicial system’s appeal process. I guess the system works when it works for us.

  • Ben-Yehudah July 13, 2010, 5:10 PM


    Speaking of ahduth Yisrael….if you’re interested in the real reason the Miqdash was destroyed, look at the BOTTOM of TB Yoma 9b, you know, the sugguyah that no one wants you to see, or understand. Many “rabbis’ may lose their jobs if you did!


    (Celebrating 13 years in Israel!)

  • harvey July 13, 2010, 5:11 PM

    whatever u say, but the truth is that Rubbishchan stole money, laundered money thru religious org’s, and used some of the money to pay for his expenses.. Bottom line u steal u go away, maybe 27 is too much but 10 is fine with me.

    • Anonymous July 13, 2010, 7:21 PM

      harvey…what are you talking about? hes not being charged for stealing money nor laundering money. get your facts straight. just google it if you have to.

      • harvey July 13, 2010, 9:47 PM

        r u really with it, u mean that the 86 counts that he was cionvicted for was only because he was Jewsih.

        Give me a break, if u wan tI will email you his confession get the word “his” that should educate you as to what what on in his criminal world, now add in the issues of his laundering the money thru two religious org’s and using the money for his own greed, and u got a very guilty Jew. In summary, u got a lkot to learn

        • harvey July 13, 2010, 9:51 PM

          plus if u have the feeling that u were so corr4ect in your feelings y didn’t u indictae your name coward..

  • Lubavitch July 13, 2010, 8:34 PM

    Do you think there’s a machlokes whether I am a kofer or not?

    • Heshy Fried July 14, 2010, 1:52 AM

      Amongst some people

      • Lubavitch July 15, 2010, 8:21 PM

        Not among anybody whose opinion actually matters – the poskim.

    • MadMaxInJerusalem July 16, 2010, 9:59 AM

      Depends… If you pray to the Rebbe or you think the Rebbe directs events or has any power at all over the events then as Jeff Foxworthy would say, You May be a Kofer!

  • Mahla July 15, 2010, 8:31 PM

    About the term “snags” — I got the basic idea from context, but would anyone here be willing to talk about this term in more detail? :^O

    • Answer December 28, 2011, 1:53 PM

      Snags is short for misnagdim and is a derogatory term used by Lubavitchers to describe the Litvishers they dislike (which is probably almost all of them it seems). I am actually Lubavitch, but I have refused to ever use that term. Many will say that they hate the litvaks because they were the reason the Alter Rebbe was sent to prison and a Jew is not allowed to send a fellow Jew to prison so they cannot possibly be good people. But the misnagdim then truly had good and righteous intentions. However, few people who use this as an excuse are telling the truth. They mock them for they do not believe what they believe and all Lubavitchers think that all Litvishers hate them so that kinda makes them hate them back. Or maybe it is the other way around.
      Anyway, the only way to make our rebbeim or dayanim or whatever it is that you follow is to have ahavas yisroel which WIILL
      eventually bring moshiach. Calling someone a snag won`t believe it or not.

  • yusele goilm March 26, 2012, 10:59 PM

    top washington people are behind prosecuting rubashkin don know why i saw a pic of the man he looks the biggest crook i had ever seen it was on the cover of the blatt of the aroinim at least in that shot jews had involved other top polititions to coter the anti rubashkees its about jewish power and jews above the law kind of war amsel said lol that the rubashees know a lot of onlawfull stuff on rabbis [rabunim]
    and they thretenned to talk so thats why rabbis try to free him so he shouldnt talk like he thretend with mesira if convicted ha lol ,or i think he was an atributer to israel the real zionistic conspiracy plays here plus they [ruashees] pay individuals in the frum a lot to propogandise about this nuts stuff or becouse the lubavitchkes will be proven ronge that after theyre non sense massieh was nisgaleh lubavicha still go to jail lol what realy doesent make sense that they ask for donations when they are multi milioners even now that they sold the biz they are still wholsale’ing meats big time they keep there old costomers as current

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