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Torah Scroll Waits for Pollard At Cave of Machpelah

Shaul Halfon dedicated a Torah scroll for Pollard's release three years ago, slams US administration's 'blind hate' of Israel.
By Benny Toker, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 4/25/2014, 7:52 AM

Jonathan Pollard
Jonathan Pollard
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Three years have passed since Shaul Halfon of Kiryat Arba dedicated a Torah scroll in Hevron's Cave of Machpelah - a scroll written for the release of Jonathan Pollard.

The scroll, which was completed at the tomb of King David in Jerusalem, was placed in the Cave where the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs (other than Rachel) are buried with the blessing of former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu z''l.

Now, three years later, Halfon continues to read from the Torah scroll weekly, praying for Pollard's release from incarceration in America, where he has been held for 29 years over charges of spying for Israel.

"It's a Sephardic-style Torah scroll kept at the hall of the patriarch Abraham," Halfon told Arutz Sheva. "The day we dedicated the Torah scroll at the Cave, Jonathan's wife told me it was the happiest day of her life."

Despite the later denied reports of a deal to release Pollard before Passover to save the peace talks, Halfon notes he didn't expect the deal would really happen.

"The American (administration) is unbelievably contemptible, all of it comes from hatred of the people of Israel, a blind hate," said Halfon, adding that Pollard was not even given permission to go to his father's funeral.

Speaking about Pollard's waiving of a parole hearing the same day as reports of the deal surface, in protest to the release of hundreds of Arab terrorists in exchange for his release, Halfon ascribed great bravery to the move.

"It's good that Jonathan kept the honor of the people of Israel and said that he won't leave jail in order for terrorists to be released," remarked Halfon.

Halfon says he will continue to pray for Pollard's release, adding "every time there's a brit milah (circumcision) at the Cave of Machpelah I say the prayer Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu wrote and said is fortunate to say at the moment when the child cries."

"Jews don't despair, we should do like the Shalit family did, being consistent and sitting without moving in front of the Prime Minister's Residence until Jonathan comes home, and not in exchange for terrorists," concluded Halfon, noting the family of captive IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.