Judaism: Remember Pollard on the New Year
Daniel PinnerDaniel Pinner is a veteran immigrant from England, a teacher and an electrician by profession; a Torah scholar who has been active in causes promoting Eretz Israel and Torat Israel.
It is almost Rosh Hashana – and we are preparing to celebrate the new year with our friends, our families, and our loved ones.
It is almost Rosh Hashana – and we are thinking about teshuvah, repentance, for the sins we have committed and the mitzvot we have neglected in the past.
It is almost Rosh Hashana – and we are already busy cooking, cleaning, preparing our houses for the holiday season, for our guests.
It is almost Rosh Hashana – and we are looking forward to praying in our Synagogue, hearing the familiar prayers with their much-loved melodies, the Shofar blast with its divine message of repentance, forgiveness, and God’s majesty and sovereignty.
It is almost Rosh Hashana – and we can already almost taste the apple and honey, the honey cake, the best quality Kiddush wine, and all the delicious food that accompanies this festival-laden month.
It is almost Rosh Hashana – and we are already beginning to think about erecting our Sukkot, we are already beginning to bring out the decorations
It is almost Rosh Hashana – and we can be sure that Jonathan Pollard will not be allowed to celebrate Rosh Ha-Shanah in his prison cell in the USA; he will be denied his friends, his wife, his family, all those whom he loves and who love him; he will be unable to hear the Shofar blast, he will not be permitted to participate in any services. Jonathan Pollard has no Sukkah to look forward to, no decorations to prepare, no festival food to eat.
You can do something to help!
It is very simple: please send a Shanah Tovah card to Jonathan Pollard. His address is:
Jonathan Pollard #09185-016
c/o FCI Butner
P.O. Box 1000
It may not be much, but it is something that everyone – including you! – can do. I speak from personal experience when I say that receiving letters is a tremendous morale boost for a prisoner. Indeed, Jonathan himself describes the letters he receives as his “oxygen”. It is obvious that when those in the prison system – from the individual guards all the way up to the top commanders – see that a prisoner receives mail, then they know that people on the outside care about him, and are more reluctant to abuse him.
Jonathan Pollard has given more than a quarter of a century of his life due to the venality of certain American and Israeli top politicians. If you live in Israel then you may owe your very live to Jonathan – because it was he who gave Israel crucial information about Iraqi Scud missiles and other Iraqi military capability in time for the Gulf War of 1991.
You can give a few minutes and a few shekels (or dollars) of your own life to send Jonathan Pollard a Rosh Ha-Shanah card. Even if it arrives after Rosh Ha-Shanah, nevertheless send it!
Let us make this effort together. Let us ensure that our brother Jonathan Pollard is flooded with Rosh Ha-Shanah cards this year; send one, send a few, get as many friends and family members to send, send these cards from all over the world.
Let Jonathan Pollard know that even in his prison cell,
he is not alone!
Let Jonathan Pollard know that
we have not forgotten or abandoned him!