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Video: Benny’s Journey from Postville to Stardom


The first time Benny Friedman ever sang publicly was at the age of 13 in Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin‘s backyard in Postville, Iowa, at a Lag B’Omer picnic for the entire Jewish community in 1998. At the end of the clip you can see Sholom Mordechai waving to the camera.

Twenty years later, Benny is reunited with Sholom Mordechai, after his sudden release from prison. After they embrace, Benny sings one of Sholom Mordechai’s most favorite songs. Sunday, December 24, 2017, Monsey, NY.


  • 1. Michael. wrote:

    To the Rubashkin Family.

    There are many myself included that don’t have the possibility to greet & meet SMR in person. I wouldn’t have audacity to request of him to come to me. (Spirituality I am worlds away from him. We can’t meet).

    I have reborn urges to reconnect with the Jewish people. I do request SMR or the family to post a site an email an address where I can connect with him.

    Bless you & thank you.


  • 2. Cher. wrote:

    Post war 1940’s. It was told in the name of the holy Tzanz Kloizenberg Rebbe. One who was liberated in the ghetto with 1000’s of other Jews.
    He stated.
    “Any Jew with a number on his hand can be given a Kvitel”
    I feel the same with SMR. He is a man that showed what the strength of a real Jew is. His Emuna his Betochin his unwavering belief that Hashem will release him is something we don’t see in a daily bases. When we do like now. We all get inspired by him we have a certain amount of reverence for him. He is a special man. A man of pure faith a man of god a man of true capabilities of what a Jew really is.

    Yes I live in Crown Heights. I am inspired and so should each and every one of us, in our own little way. Show gratitude to yourself to Hashem for giving us the opportunity to see with our human eyes a man as SMR.


    • 3. mendoza wrote:

      sorry it was the satmar ruv ztl
      said to yiden b4 he left Israel
      to america ,
      when they asked him to who will we go to for ah bracha ?

  • 4. ...the inspiration needs to be channeled wrote:

    find a way to channel your inspiration. it’s fuel to bring the Geula.


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