Forgive us - A Passover Message for Pollard

A Poem Dedicated to Jonathan Pollard by Sarah Gargi
From the book "LaShira Nolda" (Saar, 2006)

Justice4JPnews - March 12, 2012

Forgive us

by Sarah Gargi

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?!

Translator's note:

The above translation is a rendering of this linguistically complex poem into English. The original poem is written in a sophisticated Hebrew which includes double-entendres and strong references to biblical passages and quotes which do not lend themselves to a literal translation in English.

Remember Jonathan Pollard as Passover Approaches

  1. Increase your prayers for the speedy release and return to full health of Yehonatan ben Malka. Ask the Almighty to send Pollard home for the Holiday of Freedom.

  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 in the activities of the Committee to Bring Jonathan Pollard Home. For more information, see the Hebrew website and Facebook Page.

    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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