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Eight months after his surprising release from prison on Zos Chanukah 5778, another restriction was removed from R’ Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin. He received his passport back and for the first time since his release, eight years after entering the prison gates, he arrived in Eretz Yisrael on Thursday.
During his visit to Israel, Rubashkin will of course visit the Kosel, where he will once again thank HK”BH for the miracle, his release from incarceration.
President Trump ordered the release, following enormous pressure and efforts from various leaders, legislators, and activists from across the political spectrum. After his release thousands of Chareidim took to the streets around the world to dance, and the world media was exposed to the achdus of Klal Yisrael.
Rubashkin, 57, the father of 10 and a Chabad Chossid, ran the world’s largest kosher slaughterhouse in the town of Postville, Iowa. On May 12, 2008, hundreds of police officers raided his factory in search of foreign workers employed illegally. In 2009, he was convicted of bank fraud and sentenced thereafter to 27 years in prison.
B’chasdei Hashem, Reb Shalom used his time in prison to strengthen his bitachon and eight years after being robbed of his freedom, he was suddenly released. Now, for the first time in many years, he merits visiting Eretz Yisrael.
Benching Gomel in Eretz Yisrael
BYE RUBASHKIN: R’ Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin is seen at the airport this afternoon, as he flew to Eretz Yisrael for his first trip since he was released from jail by President Trump last December. #Rubashkin is expected to meet with many Gedolim who Davened on his behalf all the years he sat in jail
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)