Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 06/23/2013

A LOST TRIBE COMES HOME!!

welcometoisraelFor over 27 centuries the Bnei Menashe, descendants of the Lost Tribe of Manasseh, have been exiled to the ‘northern country’, or Uzbekistan. Although they were separated all those years from their fellow Jews and the land of Israel, they never forgot they were Jews and always followed the faith of their forefathers, observing the Sabbath, keeping kosher, celebrating the festivals, even practicing the sacrificial rites, even arguing among themselves, as Jews have done since the beginning :). They have clung to the dream of some day returning to their God given homeland until recently when Michael Freund, head of the Shavei Israel (Return to Israel) has sponsored their recognition, immigration and absorption, making it possible last month for 50 from this tribe to finally come home, make aliyah, to Israel! Who says we don’t live in an age of miracles? The Bible prophesied that both groups of Jews, Judah and Israel, would return to their homeland. “He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth” (Isaiah 11:12)  “In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers.” (Jeremiah 3:18)

Over the last 100 years Jews have been returning to their ancient homeland, coming from over 100 nations. Most have been descendants of the tribe of Judah and so are called Jews. Some are from the priestly tribe of Levi. The ten tribes from the northern kingdom of Israel were dispersed earlier, and are often referred to as the Ten Lost Tribes.

bfpCan you imagine the joy experienced by these Jews when they set foot on their ancient homeland? Yet, it is not an easy thing to arrive with sometimes only 2 suitcases to their name and begin to be assimilated into the culture, learn the Hebrew language, obtain housing, employment, etc. Yet there are organizations, run by both Jews and Christians, who exist to help new immigrants (olim) in this process. If you are interested in donating to this prophetic cause and becoming part of the fulfillment of prophecy, there are several agencies you could contact. Here are two wonderful organizations that I trust and support: Bridges For Peace (New Immigrant Fund and Welcome Gift Program) – http://www.bridgesforpeace.com/

RabbiEcksteinand The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (On Wings of Eagles Program) – http://www.ifcj.org/.

Be inspired by watching this 4 minute video of Rabbi Yechiel Esckstein, founder of IFCJ:

http://www.ifcj.org/site/PageNavigator/eng/about#prettyPhoto/0/.

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