It was Five years ago on this day, the 22nd of Kislev, just a day after the Alter Rebbe celebrated his Didan Notzach, that the Shomrim Six were vindicated from the vicious blood libel and Messirah against them by the Meshichist Mossrim faction.
Shomrim did not celebrate the verdict as a victory, but as a salvation. The motto of cases conclusion rested in the song which is sung at Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengens around the world, “Podo Beshalom Nafshi… Anshei Domim Umirma Lo Yechtzu Yemaihem” ([g-d] has redeemed my soul in peace… men of blood and swindle may their days be halved).
The trial, before the Hon. Judge Albert Tomei, dragged out a grueling 6 weeks in the same courtroom in which murder and mob trials took place. There the six defendants sat behind their team of six defense attorneys, and watched the mockery of the New York State courts unfold, as witness after witness stuttered and stumbled over each others words and stories, through the aid of a translator.
Meticulously, the defense picked apart the prosecution’s case and witnesses, to the point where the judge tossed out the majority of the charges even before allowing the jury to deliberate the case.
Two years ago celebration was twofold. The Shomrim Six celebrated the disposal of the $144 million civil suit, filed by Paul Levi Huebner the attorney for the once Shmira.
Shomrim has maintained their innocence throughout the two years leading up to the trial and the trial itself, the verdict proved that. Shomrim also alleged that there are bigger matters at play, beginning with political pressure to embellish the charges, and the fact that the DA did not fly the witnesses in, yet they were flown in and their transportation to court was all arranged.
Despite all these Shomrim volunteers remained active and continued doing their good work, helping and protecting the community with the support of Shomrims’ loyal supporters. In fact, these past three years, Shomrim has grown stronger in their conviction to helping and protecting the community.
Tonight the Shomrim Six will get together for a their annul Farbregnen/Seudas Hodoah in which they celebrate their victory and triumph.
“Podo Beshalom Nafshi… Anshei Domim Umirma Lo Yechtzu Yemaihem”
19. He redeemed my soul in peace from battles against me, because of the many who were with me. 20. May God-He who is enthroned from the days of old, Selah-hear and humble those in whom there is no change, and who do not fear God. 21. He extended his hands against his allies, he profaned his covenant. 22. Smoother than butter are the words of his mouth, but war is in his heart; his words are softer than oil, yet they are curses. 23. Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous man falter. 24. And You, O God, will bring them down to the nethermost pit; bloodthirsty and treacherous men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You. (Psalm 55:19-24)