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November 29, 2015 / 17 Kislev, 5776
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Last Falash Mura to Come to Israel

Monday, November 16th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Netanyahu cabinet on Sunday approved unanimously to fly to Israel the remaining Falash Mura who are still in transit camps in Ethiopia. Then those camps will be shut down and there will be no more organized aliyah from Ethiopia to Israel.

Falash Mura is the name given to Ethiopian and Eritrean Jews who converted to Christianity under pressure from the missionaries in the 19th and 20th centuries. The term refers both to Jews who did not adhere to Jewish law, and Jews who converted to Christianity, either voluntarily or by force.

Beta Israel (Hebrew: House of Israel or Community of Israel) are Jews who lived in North and North-Western Ethiopia, in more than 500 small villages. They renewed contacts with other Jewish communities in the later 20th century, and following halachic and constitutional considerations, Israel decided in 1977 that the Israeli Law of Return applied to them. The Israeli and American governments launched operations to transport the Ethiopian Jews to Israel from 1979 to the 1990s.

Today, Ethiopian Jewry is still not fully integrated into Israeli society. They remain on a lower economic and educational level than average Israelis, and marriages between Ethiopian and non-Ethiopian Jews are not common. According to a 2009 study, 90% of Ethiopian-Israelis are married to other Ethiopian-Israelis. As many as 57% of Israelis consider a daughter marrying an Ethiopian unacceptable and 39% consider a son marrying an Ethiopian unacceptable. A 2011 study showed that only 13% of high school students of Ethiopian origin felt “fully Israeli.” (Wikipedia)

In May 2015, Israeli Ethiopians demonstrated in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem against racism, after a video was released, showing an Israeli Ethiopian soldier being brutally beaten up by two Israeli police.

However, according to Ha’aretz, 90 percent of the younger generation of Ethiopians in Israel have high-school education, almost the same percentage as the Jewish population in general (93 percent). The rate of matriculation is “only” 53 percent, but that is almost four times the figure for the first generation (16 percent). And 20 percent of second-generation Ethiopian Israelis have higher education (a number becoming doctors), almost four times the rate of the first generation (5.7 percent). Employment among Ethiopians has jumped from 50 to 72 percent in 12 years, with women rising from 35% to 65%. And the percentage of Ethiopian Israelis working in janitorial services has fallen to only 5 percent.

Seven Ethiopian-Israeli have gone on to become Knesset MKs, and Ethiopian Jews have risen to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the IDF.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement: “Today we have taken an important decision, to bring to Israel within the next five years the last of the communities with links to Israel waiting in Addis Ababa and Gonder.” The PM noted that this is an important move for Ethiopian families in Israel who have been split up.

The newcomers would have to undergo a conversion, as well as be taught Jewish values and the history of the Zionist movement.

Chairman of the Committee for Immigration Absorption and Diaspora, MK Avraham Negusa (an Ethiopian-Israeli), who has been in the forefront of the fight to bring remaining Jews of Ethiopia for the past 25 years, congratulated Netanyahu and Interior Minister Silvan Shalom on today’s decision.

“This is a great day for the Jewish people,” Negusa said. “For thousands of years Ethiopian Jewry prayed to return to Israel and waited for nearly a decade torn from their families. Today their prayers were answered.”

ISIS-Targeted Bataclan Theater Previously Warned for Being Pro-Israel[video]

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

The Islamic State (ISIS) may have targeted the Bataclan theater Friday because it has previously hosted pro-Israel events.

The terrorist also may have thought that the theater’s owners were Jewish. The new owners bought the building three months ago from Jewish owners, one of whom has since moved to Israel.

More than 80 people were massacred during a rock concert Friday night before a SWAT team arrived and killed the two terrorists who randomly shot their victims while shouting “Allahu akbar!”

Bataclan previously has been threatened for hosting pro-Israel events, such as last month’s conference of approximately 500 Christian Zionists.

Seven years ago, 10 men with keffiahs over their heads showed up at the theater and demanded to speak with the management.

One of them told security guards:

This is something we cannot continue to accept. You will pay the consequences of your actions. We came here to pass along a small message. Be warned. Next time we won’t be coming here to talk.

The French Jewish group CRIF stated after the attack:

Our country is bloodied by all those innocent lives cut short by the bullets of these new barbarians. The world war against the monstrosity of jihadist fanaticism must become the top priority of democratic nations

RivkA Matitya z”l : Move to Israel, Don’t Wait

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Today is the 5th yahrzeit of RivkA Matityah z”l (Karin Zuckerman), who died of breast cancer at the young age of 44.

RivkA first came to Israel in 1987, and made Aliyah in 1989.

There probably wasn’t an English-speaking Oleh/Olah who lived in Jerusalem for those 2 decades who didn’t know the strong-willed, idealistic, enthusiastic, outgoing, Zionist and life-loving RivkA.

Here is a clip from an early Tuesday Night Live show in Jerusalem when they gave RivkA the mic. Ari didn’t know he wasn’t getting it back so easily.

(The audio-video sync is a bit off)

Report: CIA Recruiting Israeli Soldiers

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

IDF Intelligence officers have warned Israeli soldiers that the CIA may be trying to gain their confidence to obtain information that could reveal security information.

The memo warns soldiers to “be aware and report any unusual incidents.”

The IDF attached to its memo a copy of an article from a Israeli newspaper that once reported that American s serving in the IDF were extensively questioned when they visited or returned to the United States.

The American government has ears and eyes in Israel, both on the spy level and within the consulate.

One security officer in a community in Judea and Samaria told The JewishPress.com:

During the Oslo era, a Foreign Service officer called me and started a friendly conversation with small talk. After he figured we were ‘friends,’ he began to ask details on how a new outpost was receiving electricity and water.

I told him to try someone else.

American and Canadian Jews Flying on Aliyah in Face of Terror

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Sixty-five Jews from 13 states and Quebec, Canada are scheduled to set foot on their home around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah flight will carry passengers whose ages range from 10 months to 83 years, along with five men and women volunteering in the Israel Defense Forces as “lone soldiers” without family in Israel.

The new olim are from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Maine, Maryland, Ohio and Quebec.

Nefesh B’Nefesh Co-Founder and Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass said:

We are truly inspired that despite the extremely difficult times Israel is currently experiencing, Olim are undeterred and are still making Aliyah.

Their choice to leave a comfortable life and move to Israel, and even more so in these times, is an important contribution to Israel’s strength and national morale. We are proud to accompany each immigrant through the Aliyah process and will use all means at our disposal to ensure their successful absorption and acclimatization to Israeli society.

6 Leading Jewish Figures Weigh In on Aliyah and the Yamim Noraim

Friday, September 18th, 2015

1) Rabbi Yehoshua Fass:

2) Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau:

3) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin:

4) Shani Taragin:

5) Rabbi Ari Berman:

6) Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel:

A Response to South African Chief Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Dear Chief Rabbi Goldstein,

Your video describing the Jewish history and connection to the Land of Israel was moving and beautiful. Your defense of our homeland and Jerusalem was pure eloquence.

There was a parable recently told over in Torah Tidbits of two brothers who were ill with an exotic disease called Galusia, and they had to eat non-kosher South African elephant meat in order to survive. (I’m paraphrasing TT here).

The first did so with regret, but knew he had no other choice. The second brother became an international elephant meat connoisseur, writing books and making videos on how to cook South African elephant meat and make the most wonderful dishes.

One day a cure was found for their disease (discovered by an Israeli company, as it happens).

The first brother was happy and relieved beyond belief. He no longer had to eat non-kosher food.

But the second brother now how to give up his beloved South African elephant meat, the thing he learned to enjoy more than anything else in the world.

Rabbi Goldstein, your description of Israel was moving and beautiful, even as your love for South Africa is clear.

But there is now a cure for Galusia.

Please, with your congregation, please come home to Israel.

Galus is the disease, Israel is the cure.

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