To the Editor:
The depth of depravity of the crimes committed by Mr. Rubashkin and the enormous insult to the Jewish people and Jewish tradition resulting from his actions beg the question, "What is wrong with the rabbis who are making
this request for humanitarian relief?"
Every human being is entitled to some measure of humanitarian treatment. Having said that, when one is entrusted with the responsibility of preserving and protecting some of our most holy traditions, only to treat
them as so much regulatory interference with commerce, that person deserves no special consideration. Such a person in this case is Sholom Rubashkin, a convicted felon.
To all those who say that whatever is done by one type of Jew is excusable as long as he follows certain traditions, I would simply say what Benjamin Franklin once said of liberty and security: He who is willing to give up one for the other is entitled to neither.
Samuel M. Prince