For Pollard On November 21st: Classes, Prayers and Visits
Arutz7 - November 9, 2004
On November 21, 2004, the 8th day of Kislev, Jonathan Pollard will begin his 20th year of a life sentence in a U.S. prison for "passing classified information to an ally" - Israel.
A group of leading Israelis rabbis is calling upon all teachers and rabbis to deliver, in the coming days, "lectures and special classes on the subjects of pidyon shvuyim [redemption of captives] and Jewish responsibility for one and other, and to dedicate them in the merit of Jonathan Pollard (Yehonatan ben Malka) and his speedy redemption."
The rabbis further call upon all pulpit rabbis on the Sabbath preceding the Nov. 21 anniversary - the week of Torah portion "Vayetze" - to devote their sermons to these subjects, dedicated in the merit of Jonathan Pollard.
Among the signatory rabbis are Rabbis Mordechai Eliyahu, Avraham Shapira, Shlomo Aviner, Yisrael Ariel, Yaakov Ariel, Yoel Bin-Nun, Mordecai Greenberg, and dozens of others - including former Prisoner of Zion Yosef Mendelovitch of Machon Meir, who recently told a pro-Pollard rally,
"The American Jewish community at the time helped obtain my freedom, but this time, it is a mark of shame for the American Jewish community that it has abandoned their brother. They have influence, but they are ignoring him. There is only a small group of rabbis who are working for him, but the World Jewish Congress and the Conference of Presidents and the rest of the establishment are afraid of being accused of dual loyalty... This is another Dreyfuss trial, but the difference is that then non-Jews arose to help, [while now many Jews are ignoring it]. Pollard is truly a hero of all humanity, in that he warned of dangers that were threatening the entire world."
Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger visited Pollard in his prison cell last week, and Pollard told him, "Israel has abandoned me, but I have not abandoned Israel. No one can harm my love for the Land of Israel." IDF Chief Rabbi Brig.-Gen. Rabbi Yisrael Weiss visited Pollard earlier this month. The visits were coordinated by Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Executive Vice President of the National Council of Young Israel. A friend of Rabbi Metzger from their yeshiva days at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh, Rabbi Lerner recently requested that the Chief Rabbi compose a special prayer on Pollard's behalf; the prayer can be