16 Tevet 5781
Yehonatan Pollard was released from his parole restrictions on 20 November 2020 or 4 Kislev 5781. The applicable aliyah of the Torah portion that day was the third aliyah of Parashat Toldot which tells us about the three wells dug by Yitzchak Avinu.
From the Stone Edition Chumash Commentary:
The Prophetic Dispute Over the Wells
The commentators note that there must be reasons why the Torah relates the seemingly trivial incidents of the wells in such detail. Following the thesis that the experiences of the Patriarchs are signposts of Jewish history, the three wells of this passage correspond to the three Temples, the two that were destroyed, and the eternal one yet to be built. The first well, named Esek, or contention, alludes to the First Temple, which fell victim to the strife of the nations that finally destroyed it. The second well, Sitnah, or hindrance, enmity, a harsher name than Esek, alludes to the Second Temple period, when the enmity of Israel's enemies was longer lasting and more virulent. The third well, Rehoboth, or spaciousness, alludes to the future Temple, the era when strife and enmity will be things of the past (Ramban).
For logistical reasons, the Pollards could not leave the United States immediately, but the date of their arrival in Eretz Yisrael - today, 30 December 2020, or 15 Tevet 5781 - was not random. The applicable aliyah of the Torah portion for today was the first aliyah of Parashat Vayechi which begins the story of Ya'aqov Avinu's demise and the passing of the torch to Yosef and his generation.
In his words to Yosef, Ya'aqov Avinu speaks of Yosef's mother Rachel, recalling, "...when I came from Paddan, Rachel died on me in the land of Canaan on the road, while there was still a stretch of land to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the road to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem."
From the Stone Edition Chumash Commentary on this pasuk:
Apparently Jacob sensed that Joseph might have harbored resentment about this, and he took this opportunity to explain his action: Even though she died but a short distance from Bethlehem, God commanded Jacob to bury her by the roadside so that she could help the Jewish people when Nebuzaradan, the chief general of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, would lead Israel into captivity after the destruction of the First Temple. When the Jews were passing along the road to Bethlehem, tormented, hungry, and exhausted, Rachel's soul came to her grave, and wept, beseeching God's mercy upon them [See Jeremiah 31:14]. God heard her plea. As the prophet relates, A voice is heard on high, the sound of lamentation . . . Rachel weeping for her children . . . [God replied to her] Withhold your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded, says Hashem . . . and your children will return to their border (Rashi).
Most interestingly, this verse was quoted this morning by Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon with regard to the Pollards' arrival in Eretz Yisrael.