Jewish Press: In the annals of modern Jewish history, few stories are as epic or as inspiring as that of the ingathering of the exiles from the four corners of the earth.
Since the rebirth of the State of Israel in 1948, more than 3.2 million immigrants have made their way to the shores of the Holy Land from more than 100 countries worldwide. Some have come here fleeing persecution. Others were motivated by the Zionist dream or religious conviction or animated by the hope of creating a better life for themselves and their families.
And yet, even though Israel was built by aliyah, and will continue to be built by it, we have nonetheless failed to adequately preserve and relate the remarkable story of the ongoing return to our ancestral land.
And that is why I believe it is time for the Jewish state to erect a museum of Aliyah. more …
Opinion: God’s ‘right of return’.
The ingathering of the Jewish people, the end of the diaspora or scattering that began in AD 70, is one of the unmistakable signs of the end of the age. While there has always been a Jewish presence in Jerusalem, the global return is picking up speed.
There are few events that are more clearly prophesied:
“For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, That they all may call on the name of the Lord, To serve Him with one accord …” Zephaniah 3:10.
The revival of Hebrew as an everyday language began through the efforts of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. He developed the tools for reviving Hebrew as a spoken language. This began during the first mass emigration of Jews to the Holy Land known as the first Aliya (1882-1903).
The Jews began to make their way home as prophesied 2500 years earlier in Ezekiel 34:11 -13.
‘For thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country.”
In one of my favorite chapters, Ezekiel’s dry bones (Ezekiel 37:7-11) prophesies the re -birth of the nation:
So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.”
Following Ezekiel’s dry bones chapter is the prophecy of the war of Gog and Magog which will be the largest attack (Ezekiel 38:1-6) on Israel in its history. The war will be miraculously won (Ezekiel 38:18-21) and the Jewish people will return to covenant relationship with God (Ezekiel 39:22) when He will bring all His true chosen home ending the diaspora (Ezekiel 39:28).
The aliyah museum will be a reminder that the true descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will never leave the land again:
I will plant them in their land,
And no longer shall they be pulled up
From the land I have given them,”
Says the Lord your God” Amos 9:15.