Ha Rav Ovadia Yossef's Letter to Pollard
(Translated from the original Hebrew)
Rishon Lezion And President of the Council of Torah Sages
25 Adar 5758
Thursday 26, March 1998
To my honored and dear Prisoner of Zion, for whom our greatest hope is
that he shall, in the coming year, with the help of G-d, come home to
live with us in Jerusalem Rebuilt.
Mr. Jonathan Pollard
My Dear Jonathan!
Peace and great blessings upon you from Jerusalem!
Our sages teach us that "Even when a sharp sword is at a man's throat he
must not despair of mercy, that after every dark hour the sun shall yet
You have been waiting for so many years for your freedom; and we too
have waited with the profound hope to see you reunited with the entire
House of Israel, as a free man,
The Spring Season brings with it glad tidings of redemption. Even the
trees that were dry now blossom forth. Symbolically this is to teach us
that at every time and in every season, "Salavation comes from the
Almighty in the wink of an eye." "Weeping may endure for a night, but
joy cometh in the morning."
I too send you tidings of peace in this letter of support and
encouragement, in the great expectation of seeing you merit glorious and
I am sending you my blessings by through the hand of my dear and honored
friend, a great Minister in Israel, who is my faithful envoy, Rabbi
Eliyahu Yishai, the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs in the
Government of Israel.
In another 2 weeks all of the House of Israel will celebrate Passover,
the holiday of freedom, during which it is said, "Now we are in bondage,
next year we shall be free men."
We intend to pray for you so that you may also merit along with the
rest of the nation of Israel, to leave the House of Bondage in Egypt
and to personally experience the 4 expressions of redemption (in the
Hagadah): " I drew (you) out"; "I saved (you)"; "I redeemed (you)" and
"I removed (you)".
I shall close with my heartfelt blessing that you shall soon merit to
say, "Next year in Jerusalem Rebuilt; in Nissan they were redeemed, and
in Nissan they are due to be redeemed again."
With close friendship and praise,
And the blessing of freeing prisoners,
Ha Rav Ovadia Yossef
And President of the Council of Torah Sages