Message from Jonathan Pollard to National Bible Contest Winner, Tzurit Berenson

Justice4JPnews - May 9, 2008
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May 9, 2008

Dear Tzurit Berenson!


Jonathan laughed with delight when I told him of the Kiddush HaShem that you did when you used your Israel Nation Bible Contest first-place win last night to participate in the mitzvah of Pidyan Shvuyim! The letter that you handed to Prime Minister Olmert as he handed you your prize, asking him to do everything in his power to secure the release of Jonathan Pollard, was an awesome gesture!

Jonathan and I are deeply touched by your gesture. The eyes of the Nation were upon you, in your moment of victory. In that moment, you gave honor to HaShem and to His Torah. In that moment, you took your learning and used it the way that it was intended, not for mere scholarship or trivia, but for action! Ashreinu Yisrael! Fortunate are we, the People of Israel, to have such a model of righteousness in our midst! Fortunate are we to have you as a model of Torah-true action!

Yashar Koach Gadol as well, to your principled friends and fellow contestants Liora Bach and Elad Finnish who collaborated on the letter to Olmert, with the intention that no matter who would win, the plea for Jonathan Pollard and the mitzvah of Pidyan Shevuyim would be passed to the Prime Minister. Jonathan was overwhelmed with pride and joy and deep respect for you three, when I shared this plan of holy collaboration with him!

How ironic, that mere youth should understand this amazing mitzvah of redeeming a captive with such clarity, yet the Prime Minister of Israel does not.

How inspiring and touching your noble intentions as a group are! How absolutely awesome your collaboration and your unity is, in your determination to extend yourselves to save Jonathan's life.

Jonathan told me he is overwhelmed by your courage of conviction and humbled by the wisdom and Jewish honor demonstrated by such young heroes. He said that it is because of people like you, Tzurit, Elad and Liora, that we know that the Jewish Nation will survive and endure. Yashar Koach to you all, and may G-d bless!

With much love, admiration and appreciation,

Esther and Jonathan Pollard

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