The mitzvah of pidyon shevuyim redeeming captives is one of the most important mitzvot in Judaism. How can we sit around and relax while Jonathan Pollard unfairly suffers in jail without doing everything possible in order to try to get him out?
To that end, a petition was created on the whitehouse.gov Web site calling for Pollards release. If this petition gets enough signatures, the Obama administration will review it. This may not lead to Pollards release, but at a minimum it would show the President how many people believe that Pollard deserves to be free, and it would give great chizuk to Jonathan Pollard himself.
In order to fill out the petition, you need to do the following. PLEASE DO THIS IMMEDIATELY, because the petition will expire in a few weeks.
1) Go to this link to create an account on the whitehouse.gov Web site. You must use a valid email address.
2) Go to your email and find the email from whitehouse.gov. Click on the link in the email to validate your email address and finish creating your account.
3) The whitehouse.gov site should take you directly to the petition. If it doesnt, the link is here. Fill it out.
4) Forward this email to everyone you know who might be willing to do the same and encourage them to do so.
The last part is really important, because we will only reach critical mass if we push this out to enough people. If you post to lists, etc., please use whatever methods of communication you can to get the word out.
Some people have complained about having to create a whitehouse.gov email account in order to sign the petition. Yes, this is annoying, but how does that annoyance compare to Jonathan Pollards suffering? This should be a small price to pay for the chance of helping him.
PLEASE DO THIS. IT CAN ONLY HELP. We must do everything we can, and the Almighty will do the rest.
Thank you again.