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Free Pollard Now!

By Tzvi Fishman
4/5/2011, 12:00 AM

Several years ago, Ester Pollard phoned me and asked me if I would write something about Jonathan. She said that he loved my novel, "Tuvia in the Promised Land," and had slept with it under his pillow for two years in his prison cell. After meeting with her, I said I would be honored to write a biography of such a Jewish hero. After doing some research, I decided to write a dramatic one-man play in which the character of Jonathan would tell his own story. I started the writing, but a misunderstanding arose that prevented me from continuing. Nonetheless, it allowed me to have a more inside glimpse at the man behind the bars. One very revealing thing that moved me deeply was Jonathan's account of how he waged a daily battle to preserve his holiness in the less-than-holy atmosphere of the prison. Other inmates were always trying to lure him to join in their unholy activities, and he staunchly refused, even though it meant suffering their contempt and rebuke.  In this regard, he was truly like Yosef the Tzaddik. In the merit of his great love for Torah and the Land and Nation of Israel, may the Almighty free him from prison this Pesach, just as He freed Yosef the Tzaddik from his unjust incarceration, and the Jews who were imprisoned in Egypt, the America of Biblical times.