Indictments Hit Prominent Crown Heights Family
Wed. Sep 19, 2007
Two members of an influential family in Brooklyn’s Chabad-Lubavitch community were arrested this week after being indicted by a federal grand jury The indictment from the district attorney in Philadelphia charges Moshe Rubashkin with leaving hazardous waste at a textile plant in Allentown, Pa. Rubashkin is a communal leader in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, the stronghold of the Chabad-Lubavitch sect of Orthodox Judaism.
Rubashkin’s son, Sholom, was also charged with misleading an investigation into a fire at the plant. The younger Rubashkin ran the real estate branch of the family’s business under the alias Sam Sternburg ...
The family got its start in America when the patriarch, Aaron Rubashkin, came over from Russia in 1945. Once in Brooklyn, Rubashkin, set up a local butcher shop in Brooklyn. In the ’80s, the family began expanding its business interests aggressively. Two of Rubashkin’s sons set up the AgriProcessors slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. The plant, which produces meat under the Aaron’s Best label, has been under scrutiny due to complaints about the way it has treated the animals that are slaughtered there and the people who work there.
Nathan Lewin, a lawyer who is representing the family in the case, did not return calls seeking comment ...
In the indictment, the EPA claims that when it attempted to charge the party responsible for costs incurred in cleaning out the mill, it discovered that the property had been held by a confusing tangle of real estate companies with no clear owner. Sholom Rubashkin, 28, ran the real estate branch of the family business under his alias and informed the EPA that he had no connection to the mill site at the time of the fires. The indictment alleges that Sholom “knowingly and willfully made materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements.”
Wow, the language of this indictment is refreshingly appropriate. How often we see accusations of lying referred to euphemistically or avoided altogether today, particularly where Talmud-upholding "chosen people" are concerned--where it quite often applies. But here we see lies referred to specifically for what they are--knowingly and willfully made materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements--and in reference to "chosen" Lubavitchers.
This is a positive development, but there is still a long way to go. In a sane world it would be common knowledge that knowingly and willfully making materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements is the essence of the Talmudic tradition and to be expected from pious Orthodox Judaics, not only the indicted Lubavitchers referred to in the above article, but also their lawyer, Nathan Lewin and all Orthodox Judaics who uphold the Talmudic tradition and it's offshoots, such as Zionism, as well as Judaism's philo-Judaic stepchildren, Freemasonry and the myriad of Kabbalistic variants. We have a long way to go before we arrive at the point when Orthodox Judaic Lieberman and Skull and Bones Bush are perceived as suspect liars before they even open their mouths, and certainly not worthy candidates for high office.
As a society we have come to expect that our leaders will tell us lies. We've come to believe that God's chosen people are liars. These are symptoms of a terribly, terribly sick society and the prognosis is death if the illness remains untreated.