20 June 2016

Pollard Parallels

14 Sivan 5776

Jonathan Jay Pollard is a very special neshamah with a very special role to play in the unfolding of the final redemption. His entire life's story reads like something right out of the Tanakh. There is something very spiritually short-sighted in anyone who can't see that. Rather than go back to the beginning or the middle though, I'd just like to comment on something that has occurred to me recently.

For some reason, we all thought the day would come when the cell door would swing open and Jonathan Pollard would leave prison a free man - free to go out and do whatever he wanted to do; a complete redemption, if you will. But, that's not what happened. The reality is that he is still very much a prisoner, although under better conditions than what he had inside the prison. At least now he is "home".

You might say the same thing happened to the Jews as a whole. When the State of Israel was declared and Jews from all over the Diaspora were free to immigrate to Eretz Yisrael, they thought, "This is it! This is the redemption!" (Some still think that today.) But, instead, since 1948, it is like the Jewish people just went out from the harshness of a prison - a completely alien place - to a place that is supposedly "home", but with such restrictions that we are still virtually prisoners in that home.

The Jewish people are being held as virtual prisoners by the same Eisavian world that continues to hold fast to Jonathan Pollard - forced to abide by their warped ideas of justice and democracy. In the Land of the Torah we are forbidden to have a king on the throne of David. We are forbidden to have a Sanhedrin. We are forbidden to build the Holy Temple. We are forbidden to destroy our enemies. Instead we are bidden to adopt and promote Western (Greek and Roman) 'values' of inclusion (of gentiles) and tolerance (for sin).

I don't understand why it is necessary that we suffer through this extra step in the process on the way to the complete redemption, but just like I know that the day of true freedom will certainly come for the Jewish people as a whole, I have no doubt whatsoever that this day will come for Jonathan Jay Pollard as well. 

May Hashem in the abundance of His kindness and mercy bring the days of suffering to a swift conclusion and count us all worthy to cross the threshold into Yemot HaMashiach.