Saying Kaddish In Jerusalem
by Esther Pollard
Justice4JP Special Release - May 7, 2001
[YITGADAL V'YITKADESH SHMAY RABBAH!]
When Jonathan called from prison tonight, the tears welled up in my eyes.
[MAGNIFIED AND SANCTIFIED BE HIS GREAT NAME]
Dear G-d, how I treasure this man and how afraid I am for him...
[IN THE WORLD WHICH HE HAS CREATED ACCORDING TO HIS WILL.]
Sick, tired, oppressed, in pain, Jonathan reached out to comfort me.
[MAY HE ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM DURING YOUR LIFE AND YOUR DAYS]
"Esther," he said, "We are doing all we can. Ha'Shem immanu, G-d is with us."
[AND DURING THE DAYS OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL]
"Be comforted and be strong." he said, "We'll get through this."
[EVEN SPEEDILY AND AT A NEAR TIME.]
Jonathan is human kindness personified.
[LET HIS GREAT NAME BE BLESSED FOREVER UNTO ALL ETERNITY!]
Never was a man so ill-used and so full of compassion for others.
[BLESSED, PRAISED AND GLORIFIED, EXALTED AND HONORED]
Sorely betrayed, Jonathan never broke faith, never lost trust.
[MAGNIFIED AND LAUDED BE THE NAME OF THE HOLY ONE BLESSED BE HE!]
Repeatedly slandered and falsely accused, he remains a man of truth and valor.
[THOUGH HE BE HIGH ABOVE ALL THE BLESSINGS AND THE HYMNS]
Abandoned in the depths of Hell, Jonathan loves, laughs and gives hope to others.
[PRAISES AND CONSOLATIONS WHICH ARE UTTERED IN THE WORLD]
He taught me all that matters: faith, courage, patience, forbearance, trust, love.
[AND SAY YE AMAIN!]
Jonathan is the light of my life, my shining star, the greatest gift in the world.
[MAY THERE BE ABUNDANT PEACE FROM HEAVEN]
Dear G-d, I cannot thank you enough for this beautiful and precious man!
[AND LIFE FOR US AND FOR ALL ISRAEL]
That is why I am saying Kaddish in Jerusalem. To praise You and thank You for Jonathan.
[HE WHO MAKES PEACE ON HIGH]
Thank-you dear G-d.! Thank-you for the gift of Jonathan!
[MAY HE MAKE PEACE FOR US AND FOR ALL ISRAEL]
Please protect him, watch over him and keep him safe from harm.
And may our eyes behold his speedy return to Zion in wholeness and health!
[AND SAY YE AMAIN!]
Justice4JP Note on Kaddish
Sections in square brackets and caps are translations and/or transliterations of Kaddish, which is the strongest, most intense prayer of praise to G-d that exists in the Jewish liturgy. Some mistakenly hold negative associations of this magnificent prayer but, in fact, Kaddish consists entirely of praise to G-d.
See Also:An Emblematic Failure by Dr. Aaron Lerner
No Excuse For Pollard To Die In Prison by Mody Kreitman
"Then and Now" by Professor Paul Eidelberg
Jonathan Pollard's Letter to Sharon