We can't stop grieving for the Azans, but we also can't stop rejoicing for the Rubashkins.
And this is yet another paradox experienced by the Jewish soul.
Anyway, I only just discovered Rubashkin's release when perusing Yeranen Yaakov this afternoon (Israel-time).
And as others have already pointed out, there's beautiful significance in his release coming just as Chanukah trailed out and during Parshat Vayigash, when Binyamin is released and also the Tribes' bloodguilt is released and Yaakov Avinu is released from his grief over what happened to Yosef Hatzaddik.
Freedom all around at all levels, in other words.
But like CDG pointed out in the comments, we still need to keep davening for Rubashkin because he isn't completely free (just like with Yehonatan Pollard) or absolved yet and apparently still owes a major and unwarranted fine.
Here's the link: Trump on Zot Hanukah
Also, if you haven't yet seen them, there are 2 very special videos that can teach us a lot:
Link: Rubashkin's Son Preps Us for Mashiach
In just 50 seconds, Rubashkin's son (bottommost video) imparts wonderful mussar about maintaining a readiness for Mashiach based on how he experienced the news of his father's release. Cheerful and invigorating!
Link: The Neshama-Based Response to Good News
Just as Rubashkin's unjust imprisonment united all different kinds of Jews in davening for his release, his miraculous release has also united Jews in celebration of his release. See Satmar and Lubavitch Jews dancing together! (They appear after Rubashkin speaks.) Their achdut (unity) and simcha should be a zechut for us all.
In connection with the Satmar-Lubavitch dancing:
The Kli Yakar writes in Parshat Beshelach (Shemot/Exodus 15:20-21) that macholot (dancing) is related to the word for forgiveness (mechilah). He says that we also learn from Miriam’s dancing that anyone who “utters a song” after a miracle was done for him, it is known that he (or she!) is forgiven for all their sins.
Please continue davening for the COMPLETE freedom and pardon of:
Yehonatan ben Malka
Shalom Mordechai HaLevi ben Rivka
Also, please continue davening for the complete healing of:
Yosef ben Ahuva Masuda
Shilat bat Aliza
Daniel ben Aliza
Avraham ben Aliza (in stable condition, but could still use prayers)
Note: Some list the mother's name as Louza Aliza. If anyone knows for certain what the correct name is, please leave it in the comments. Thank you.
(Donations to these Azan family survivors can be made HERE)
May we only hear good news from now on.