Save the Pollards

Pollard stated that he needed help from Prime Minister Netanyahu so that he can be allowed by the US Parole Board to take care of his seriously ill wife.

Tzvi Fishman

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Jonathan and Esther Pollard at conference

Last week, Jonathan Pollard granted an interview to the Hamodia newspaper in New York. He told the paper’s editor, Avraham Y. Heschel, that he was breaking his silence in a desperate plea of help for his wife, Esther, who is suffering from an advanced and spreading, life-threatening cancer.

Pollard told Hamodia that his parole restrictions after thirty years in Federal prisons don’t enable him to care for his wife and accompany her freely to doctor appointments and chemotherapy treatments. Recalling the terrible and constant beatings he withstood in prison, for refusing to disclose the names of American Jews who might also be spying for the Jewish State, he also revealed the painful antagonism of the American and Israeli establishments towards his wife, who was an uncomfortable reminding that the State of Israel and the American Jewish community had betrayed her husband, leaving him “out in the cold” after he risked his freedom to pass along vital security information that the United States Government was hiding from Israel.  


Pollard told Hamodia: “I am asking all of Clal Yisrael, both here in the U.S. and in Eretz HaKodesh, l’harbot b’tefillah, to increase their prayers for Esther Yocheved bat Raizel Bracha for a refuah sheleimah and a hachlamah meheirah - a swift recovery.


“I should add that it was our Rav, Harav Mordechai Eliyahu, zt”l, who taught me that the two most precious inspirations in my life, Esther Yocheved and Eretz Yisrael have the same initial letters (rashei tevot alef-yud). The Rav indicated that an outpouring of tefillot for Esther Yocheved will bless and benefit Eretz Yisrael at the same time. Who knows, perhaps the Eibershter (Hashem) chose my wife to suffer this illness in order to generate enough tefillot not only for her but for the redemption of the Land of Israel as well.”


Pollard stated that he needed help from Prime Minister Netanyahu so that he can take care of his wife. “My current draconian parole conditions do not permit me to be the kind of caregiver that Esther desperately needs at this time as she goes through months of intense chemotherapy followed by surgery.”

Pollard says he appealed to Netanyahu to speak with President Trump and ask that he terminate his parole so he can care for his wife. “It would also make it possible for Esther and me to go home to Israel as soon as she is well enough to travel again, after her chemo and her surgery. Her final recovery would be in the Land, which has its own blessings and healings to offer. Just looking forward to going home at the end of her treatment ordeal would vastly improve her morale at this time, and mine too. Our wonderful oncologist, the wise and deeply caring Dr. Yashar Hirshaut, tells us that Esther’s morale is critical to her complete recovery.”

Hamodia editor, Rabbi Avraham Heschel with Jonathan Pollard (Hamodia)