Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Zwiebel et. al. show the way
We've spoken many times, thought not much recently, about the Agudath Israel, and what they do and do not do for the average Jewish Joe in America today. It's been so long, I don't even know what the last issue we had with them was, but it was probably Lubavitch-related. Many of you accuse me of being one-sided and of employing a double standard, criticizing, but never giving credit when due, although that certainly is not the case. It certainly is not as easy and not as exciting as criticizing, especially in the line of work I'm in - blogs work, that is. There's only so much you can write in a congratulatory tone, words like yipee, yay, hooray, and bravo only go so far, after that you're not left with much else to say. Which is why I'm dragging out this paragraph to no end; I haven't written much this week and I'm beginning to miss it. That's what writers often do, they stretch out their sentences, especially if they get the old "nickel a word," which I'm not, but I'm still in that frame of mind. Now that we've gotten that out the way we can go on to paragraph two. בשם השם נעשה ונצליח
A delegation of Rabbis and askonim visited Sholom Rubashkin in jail on Tuesday. We're all tired of arguing the points of the case and whether or not what he did was wrong, and whether or not he deserves to shvitz in jail while others enjoy their $10Mil penthouses. Every once in a while many of us ask ourselves "what's going on with Rubashkin?" and a "nebach," "tsk, tsk" may escape our lips. We may not even remember until VIN reports some update about his case. Yet people like Reb Chaim Dovid Zwiebel did remember Sholom and shlepped down to Dubuque and Des Moines to plead his case and to "do" in Pidyon Shvuyim. I know Rabbi Lerner and others are involved too, but we never did get on their cases to begin with. Hence the focus on CDZ. I do not know if he went as an independent lawyer or as an official representative of the AI, but he used his connections and clout to get down there and plead. That's more than any of us have done, and more than many of his friends and co-Chassidim have done. May Hashem bless him for that.