East-West This Year in Jerusalem

At last, Shcharansky is released to Israel and freedom

How good it is and how pleasant

for brothers to live together!

. . . It is like the dew of Hermon falling

upon the hills of Zion.

There the Lord bestows his blessing,

life for evermore.

--From Psalm 133, Shcharansky's


The psalmbook kept him company. During the nine years he spent in Soviet prisons and work camps, most of his other possessions were taken from him. But he clung to a miniature copy of the Book of Psalms that his wife Avital had sent from Israel. In fact, he once spent 130 days in solitary confinement because he refused...

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