Forgive us - A Yom Kippur Message for Jonathan Pollard

Poem Dedicated to Jonathan Pollard by Sarah Gargi

From the book "LaShira Nolda" (Saar, 2006) by Sarah Gargi
Justice4JPnews - September 12, 2010

Translator's note:

The original poem is written in a sophisticated Hebrew which includes double - entendres and strong references to biblical passages and quotes which simply do not lend themselves to accurate translation in English. The following translation is the literal meaning of the poem.


Sins between man and his fellow man are not atoned for by Yom Kippur unless amends are first made towards the injured party and his personal forgiveness attained.

Forgive us

Forgive us, dear brother
Who sits in solitude in a dark pit
Wounded and mournful -
We beseech you, forgive!
Although reward you never did expect
Neither of such soul-searing afflictions
Did you ever dream!

Forgive us, dear brother.
That in place of gratitude and celebration in your honor
With words of Torah by public officials, the keepers of the nation,
Here in The Land, the dwelling place of your heart and soul,
You were abjectly abandoned to sighs,
And slave labor, tumultuous din, and endless affliction
Without respite - no Sabbath peace nor rest,
In the company of crooks and soul-destroyers
There in the land of freedom and justice for all.

While your sorely afflicted body ever weakens
The fire of your love for your Nation and
Your longings for Zion, your Land,
Grow mightier until they take over
Your entire essence, your very being.

How disgraced and ashamed are we!
How can our Father in Heaven ever forgive us
Even if we are forgiven by our brother Jonathan?!

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Remember Jonathan Pollard at Yom Kippur:

1) Increase your prayers for the speedy release and return to full health of Yehonatan ben Malka

2) Write to Jonathan:

Jonathan Pollard #09185-016
c/o FCI Butner
P.O. Box 1000
Butner, NC
U.S.A 27509-1000

3) Participate or contribute to activities of the Committee to Bring Jonathan Pollard Home. For more information see the Hebrew website.

May the following passuk (Yeshayahu 35: 10) be speedily realized for Yehonatan ben Malka amongst all of our Prisoners of Zion and MIAs:

"And those redeemed by HaShem shall return, and come with singing unto Zion, with everlasting joy upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and all sorrow and mourning shall flee away."

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