Once upon a time, there lived a servant of the Most High God, called Noah. For most of his life, Noah had to put up with faithless people mocking, insulting and bullying him as he built an Ark at God's command. Then the Great Flood that Noah had prepared for in obedience for so many years, came upon the Earth, and the faithless were no more. After many days, Noah sent out a dove from the Ark, twice - when the bird returned with a freshly plucked olive branch in its mouth, Noah knew that the time of God's wrath and judgment was over.
Operation Dove's Wings has flown in from Ethiopia to Israel more than twice now, heralding an end to the suffering of persecuted Jews living there. More than twice, the Jewish Agency has proclaimed the end of Aliyah from Ethiopia's Gondar Province, only to send out extra 'doves' in response to Ethiopian-Israeli petitioning. These people want all the faithful left behind in the compounds in Gondar City to be able to come to Israel, with full immigrant rights. The Jewish Agency now states that after August 2013, prospective immigrants will be considered on a case-by-case-only basis. Time will tell if group Aliyah from Ethiopia will indeed come to an end, with Jewish Agency aid compounds in Gondar eventually being handed over to the Ethiopian authorities.
As much as building the Ark was a command of God to a faithful Noah, so Aliyah is a fulfillment for the faithful of prophetic Word, found in so many places in the Tanakh; a very well-known example being Ezekiel 37:21-22: I will gather the people of Israel from among the nations. I will bring them home to their own land from the places where they have been scattered. I will unify them into one nation on the mountains of Israel ...
There are still Falash Mura living in Gondar Province. Israel's Law of Return will not deny any one of them passage. Absorption into Israeli life for the Ethiopians is particularly difficult, with their predominantly African culture and initial lack of material resources as a previously disadvantaged minority. Israel Today offers all readers the chance to represent the Lord's love by providing help and support for this ingathering. For only $15, an Ethiopian family in need can receive a nourishing food hamper. Click here *AND all this summer, Israel Today will match your donation, providing a 'double blessing' for those who need it most!