LISTEN: The Story of the Boy Who Asked Trump to Pardon Rubashkin, As Related by Rabbi Y. Hisiger


The story of the frum boy who wrote a letter to be given to President Donald Trump, requesting that he pardon R’ Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, has been the topic of conversation in Jewish communities the world over this week. But the real story, with verified facts, has been hard to come by.

In this week’s Yated Ne’eman newspaper, the inside story is revealed in a report that begins with an explanation of how the aforementioned boy’s family first met the Rubashkin family over two years ago.

The story in the Yated was authored by Rabbi Yitzchok Hisiger, editor and writer at the Yated and author of Food for Thought, who was interviewed yesterday by the Kol Mevaser News Hotline ahead of the story’s release in today’s edition of the Yated, which contains the text of the actual letter.

Rabbi Hisiger had been in close contact with the boy’s family since last week, shortly after Sholom Mordechai visited their home in New York, and the family explicitly entrusted Rabbi Hisiger with conveying the story, both in writing and orally, so that the details could be related accurately and, simultaneously, the family’s privacy could be respected and protected.

The following is the 12-minute interview conducted by Kol Mevaser with Rabbi Hisiger in English, preceded by a brief Yiddish introduction.

Click on the play button to listen:



  1. Are we yet to pen letters to Donald to ask him for help with the Reform? They are so bad that no jew knows if his parents are married, if his circumcision was done right, if he can ever make return and all experiences they are told terrible. We should not be put through this in America and our citizens deserve better rights from Birth.

    No jew should be born into a reform community. I may write a letter. It is on my mind.

  2. Thank you Rabbi Hisiger! Amazing amazing story. You said it over so eloquently. May the young bachur have a refuah shilaima bikarov!
    Another lesson I took from this story, is you see clearly how an act of chesed reaps rewards beyond our wildest imaginations. Mida kineged mida.

  3. There are two things we need to learn, 1.) The boy’s great action and care for a fellow-Yid, and 2.) That anti Semitism is alive and well. Had the trial been in NY instead of out west, there never would have been such an absurd verdict. The judge should be tried.


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