Like wildfire, news spread from one to the other, one community to the other, one network to the other. Rubashkin is out. Yidden all over were shocked, elated, inspired and touched when Rabbi Sholom Mordechai was released from Otisville. Not many believed that this moment will actually happen.
As R’ Sholom greeted the masses who have rallied and prayed for him, his heart was full with gratitude for Hashem, the Jewish nation and the thousands of prayers on his behalf.
It all came to a head at a private Seudas Hoda’ah on Motzei Shabbos, hosted by Dror. At the event, the Rubashkin family celebrated this incredible moment along with a handful of askanim who have supported the family throughout this nightmarish ordeal. Words of inspiration and gratitude were delivered by the Rubashkin family, Dror founder Rabbi Ephraim Stein, R’ Yoel Labin, and R’ Lipa Brenen among other esteemed community members.
People often wonder what will be the first thing a prisoner will do when he is released. Will he eat his favorite food, spend time with the family or perhaps visit a secret spot? Now people wonder, what will R’ Sholom Mordechai do first now that he has his freedom.
He is giving back.
When R’ Sholom breathed his first breath outside the prison walls, he committed to do something for the fellow yidden he left behind. R’ Sholom wants them to know that he still cares for them, that he will do whatever it takes to keep their hope alive.
At the melave malka, R’ Sholom Mordechai announced his pioneering project in conjunction with Dror. R’ Sholom is inviting all of Klal Yisroel to join him in writing a Sefer Torah for the prison shul.
R’ Sholom explained that there’s a dearth of Sifrei Torah among prisons. “My incarceration has united Klal Yisroel. Now I want to drive that unity to help those who are not free yet! As one, let’s write a Sefer Torah to encourage and empower those who are looking for that shred of hope to hold on to.” Right then and there, at the Seudahs Hoda’ah, R’ Sholom inscribed the very first word in the Sefer Torah. His children followed suit, each writing one word, followed by the askanim who have stood by the Rubashkin family throughout all these years.
Dror was founded over 9 years ago, to help prisoners and their families with emotional, legal and financial support. Today, Dror, also educates teens, business owners and the Jewish community about legal pitfalls and crime prevention.
Together with R’ Sholom, Dror is leading the Sefer Torah project. Klal Yisroel is invited to donate and write a word in the Sefer Torah for only $10! The donations will fund the writing of the Sefer Torah and will also help fund the many services that Dror provides for prisoners and their families.
Bring Hope through Torah. Give these prisoners your word. Join at www.torahope.com. Contact 1-833-TORAHOPE or email TORAH@DRORFREE.ORG.