JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger said he’ll say Kaddish for jailed spy Jonathan Pollard’s father, who was buried Monday.
Pollard cannot say Kaddish for his father, Morris, with a minyan because there is none in the federal prison in North Carolina in which Pollard is serving a life sentence for spying for Israel. Pollard was not granted release to attend his father’s funeral.
"When I visited Pollard in prison, he asked me to say Kaddish on the anniversary of his mother’s death, as he has no minyan," Metzger told Israeli media. "Unfortunately, the situation hasn’t changed, and so I have taken upon myself to do this minor thing, for our brother Jonathan and for his father’s soul."
Metzger has called on President Obama to grant Pollard clemency.