3000 Western Jews made Aliyah in summerPDFPrintE-mail
Written by Chris Perver  
Thursday, 07 September 2006 00:00
The seventh planeload of Jewish immigrants from the United Kingdom and the United States landed in Israel yesterday since this summer. The flights have been organized by Nefesh b'Nefesh, which has been helping hundreds of US and UK families move to Israel for the past four years. That translates into around 3000 Jews from these two countries alone, not to mention the hundreds that are coming back from Russia and other countries. Over 11,000 Jews have made Aliyah to Israel in the first six months of this year. 

Quote: "Nefesh b'Nefesh co-founder Rabbi Yehoshua Fass addressed the new immigrants, speaking about the experience of seeing Biblical prophecies being fulfilled. "Walking down the aisle of the airplane, seeing an 85-year-old and a 5-year-old share this same process; seeing a couple who survived the Holocaust filling out their paperwork; seeing single olim [Jewish immigrants] exchange numbers - it is truly a time of redemption."

One of the men in the photographs wears a white T-shirt which reads, "Dear America, Thank-you and Shalom. We have to go home now. Your friends, the Jews". I guess that sums it all up. In spite of economic difficulties, linguistic barriers and the security situation in Israel, many Jews share a special affinity with God's land, and are coming in their thousands in fulfilment of ancient Biblical prophecy. 

Isaiah 49:22
Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in [their] arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon [their] shoulders.

Source YNet News, Jewish Agency

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