The Parsha this week is Vayigash: And Rabbi Kahana Begins his essay: "Hashem directs the timing of events that lead to the obvious rational decisions that He wishes to come about in history.” It is so apropos to the Zot Chanukah Miracle:
We thank HKB”H for His Benevolence
Chabadniks Rejoice as Trump Commutes Sentence of Sholom Rubashkin
[there are so many *videos, I spent the whole morning viewing them; also at 770, plus of my friends at his family’s chassanah, and of his father, Reb Aharon Rubashkin, et al.]
President Trump is a Class Act and will go down in Jewish History for his Benevolence toward the Jewish Nation.
“Mr. Rubashkin has now served more than 8 years of that sentence, which many have called excessive in light of its disparity with sentences imposed for similar crimes,” President Trump’s announcement noted, reflecting deep resentments over the exceptionally harsh sentence in the Jewish community as well as in the legal community at the time of the trial.
In fact, six amicus briefs were filed with the Supreme Court supporting Rubashkin’s appeal—which the court refused to touch, from 86 former federal judges and Department of Justice officials (27 federal judges, two Attorneys General, one Inspector General, two FBI directors, four Deputy Attorneys General and one Solicitor General), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Washington Legal Foundation, 40 legal ethics professors, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the Justice Fellowship.
“This action is not a Presidential pardon,” President Trump wrote. “It does not vacate Mr. Rubashkin’s conviction, and it leaves in place a term of supervised release and a substantial restitution obligation, which were also part of Mr. Rubashkin’s sentence.”
Nevertheless, President Trump noted that his decision to commute Rubashkin’s sentence was based on “expressions of support from Members of Congress and a broad cross-section of the legal community.”
“A bipartisan group of more than 100 former high-ranking and distinguished Department of Justice (DOJ) officials, prosecutors, judges, and legal scholars have expressed concerns about the evidentiary proceedings in Mr. Rubashkin’s case and the severity of his sentence. Additionally, more than 30 current Members of Congress have written letters expressing support for review of Mr. Rubashkin’s case,” Trump wrote.
Videos: search the Yeshiva World News youtube site and you will find many videos of the Zot Chanukah miracle. Also when active, 770 LIVE
WHITE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2017
*President Trump Commutes Sentence of Sholom Rubashkin*
Today, President Donald J. Trump commuted the prison sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, an action encouraged by bipartisan leaders from across the political spectrum, from Nancy Pelosi to Orrin Hatch.