03 June 2021

"We Were Like Dreamers"

23 Sivan 5781

In a recent interview, Yehonatan and Esther Pollard talked about the clash of realities between Yehonatan's seemingly endless and hopeless years in prison and their visit to Beit Yehonatan.  This is the building named for Pollard in the Yemenite Village near Ir David.  Upon their recent visit, they were greeted with much love and rejoicing, singing and dancing.  

During all those dark years, even though he could hardly imagine it, Yehonatan focused on the truth that he knew - that HKB"H exists and He can and will perform miracles for His children.  He depended on HKB"H to rescue him at the appropriate time and that until that time arrived, HKB"H would grant him the strength to endure.  Today, his dreams have been realized beyond his imagining.  But that is not the end of the story.  It's just the beginning.  

This is reminiscent of what we read in Tehillim 126:  "When God brings about the return to Zion, we were like dreamers.  Then our mouths will be filled with laughter and our tongues with joyous song."

Today, we still sit in the darkness of our exile, which just got a little darker still with the agreement of all our internal enemies to unite together to form the next government in Israel.  But, we have to take the lesson from Yehonatan, to focus on the promised redemption.  Just as it has come true in a small measure for him, it will most assuredly come true for all Bnei Yisrael.on a scale so grand, we can't even imagine it.

Just as Yehonatan has arrived in Eretz Yisrael a free man once more, celebrated by all those who love him, so we will yet see Ben David upon his throne and the Beit Hamikdash standing gloriously in its place.  Then, we will say together, "We were like dreamers."


  1. Judging by his statesman-like speech at the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, he should really be prime minister; if only!
    Eli B.

  2. I see Jonathon as the leader of Israel, but someone who is above politics.

    It is still completely unbelievable that he not only survived all those years, decades, and came out not only alive and physically intact, but also emotionally and spiritually unbroken, without a hint of bitterness about what befell him, and on top of that he has complete spiritual clarity regarding the situation in Israel, and he is a compelling orator. Rav Mordechai Eliyahu zatzal said that the Shechinah was in exile with Jonathon, and now we can actually see that for ourselves.

  3. What a beautiful post! Beautiful comments too!
    Amen to all of that!


  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLlkB8pNbL8

    יהונתן פולארד - מספר על הקשר המיוחד שהיה לו עם הרב מרדכי אליהו זצוק"ל