The Forward reports that, "Rubashkin’s Jail Sentence Denounced by Angry Haredim; Some Accuse Judge of Anti-Semitism, ‘Just Like Dreyfus!’"
The kosher slaughterhouse crook got sentenced to 27 years. Too much, not fair, antisemitism, shout the black hat Jews!
We believe he should have been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The man made a mockery of the religious laws of the Torah. He ran a business whose purpose was to provide kosher meat according to Torah law -- as a racket, a criminal enterprise.
Imagine the scenes. Day-in ritual slaughterers examined their knives for the smallest defect that might render an animal treif. Day-out kosher inspectors examined the lungs of animals for the smallest defect that might render an animal kosher, but not glatt kosher.
Meanwhile the owner of the enterprise whose purpose was to produce meat according to the law actually flouted the law. He was found last November guilty of 86 counts of financial fraud.
We don't believe for one minute that the food produced in that person's enterprise was kosher in any way.
A liar, a thief and a cheat has no standing in Jewish law to represent that any ritual acts were proper. There is not the slightest reason to believe that any product from the Rubashkin plant was kosher in any way, shape or form.
Yes, they violated 86 counts of financial laws and admitted, "to multiple charges of abuse of underage laborers." But no, the meat was kosher!? Give us a break!
27 years without parole is too short a sentence for such a scoundrel. He was destroying the essence of the Torah and rightfully should be punished harshly.