Friday, November 14, 2008

Hilul Hashem - take 232

Hillul Hashem - desecration of God's name - is a serious sin in Jewish tradition. It happens when people who claim to be religious, do despicable things, and discredit religion and by association "the name of God."

The Rubashkin family, owners of the world's largest kosher slaughter house have been serial violators. (See previous postings on this blog.) First, cruelty to animals, then cruelty to workers, then imigration violations and now this, from JTA:

Rubashkin arrested again
By Ben Harris · November 14, 2008

Sholom Rubashkin has been arrested for the second time in three weeks.

Rubashkin, the former manager of the Agriprocessors packing plant in Postville, Iowa, and the son of the company owner Aaron Rubashkin, was arrested Friday at his Postville home on a federal bank-fraud charge.

According to the criminal complaint filed Friday in U.S. district court in Iowa, Rubashkin diverted millions of dollars in customer payments that were supposed to be used as collateral on a $35 million dollar bank loan. Rubashkin allegedly directed that the amounts not be posted to the company’s accounting system until a later date, which inflated the value of its accounts receivable and allowed Agriprocessors to borrow more money from the bank than it had collateral to cover.

The goverment further alleges that Rubashkin instructed an employee to delete evidence of the scheme from company computers on the day after he posted bond for his first arrest in late October.

If convicted, Rubashkin could face up to 30 years in jail. He was scheduled to appear at a hearing in Cedar Rapids at 11:00 a.m. Friday.

Rubashkin had been free on bail following his arrest last last month on charges related to his alleged role in helping procure false documentation for illegal immigrants employed at the plant. If convicted on those charges, he could face more than 20 years in jail.

Rubashkin’s legal troubles come as court proceedings get underway for Agriprocessors’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, a move that has imperiled the American supply of kosher meat.

Prior to May 12, when federal agents arrested more than one-third of the company’s workforce in illegal immigration charges, Agriprocessors was the largest producer of kosher meat in the country.

I have long been boycotting Agriprocessor products. I urge you to do the same. They are not kosher by any real standard. Agriprocessors sells several brands of meat products including Aaron’s Best, Rubashkin’s, Shor Habor, Iowa’s Best Beef and Supreme Kosher. While their beef production is (temporarily?) close down due to their legal difficulties thay continue to supply chicken and turkey products.


Blogger Ilana said...

And this post is lashon hara.

11:16 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ilana - to warn others of a danger is NOT lashon hara (where DID you get your Jewish education???) "Thou Shalt not place a stumbling block before the blind"...cruelty to animals renders the meat NON-KOSHER! Anyone who cares if their meat is Kosher SHOULD be warned that there are problems with the ones who are TRUSTED to do it properly! NOT LASHON HARA...go back to Hebrew school Ilana!

3:30 pm  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home