“These I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” (Isaiah 56:7)
One of the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel, the members of Bnei Menashe have waited 2,700 years to visit the Western Wall for the first time. Recently arrived from India, seeing them come before the Western Wall is watching Biblical prophecy being fulfilled!
In December 2013, under the auspices of the Israel Returns organization, the Israeli launched Operation Menashe. The project opened the gates of aliyah to the Jewish Indian tribe of Bnei Menashe and has allowed them to return home to Israel.
The Bnei Menashe are the descendants of the tribe of Manasseh, one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel exiled by the Assyrian empire in 722 BCE, toward the end of the First Temple era. Over the last two years, more than 3,000 Bnei Menashe now call Israel home.
The return of the Bnei Menashe to Israel signifies God’s promise of the ingathering of the exiles from the four corners of the earth. God continues to fulfill his promise, allowing the Jewish people from all walks of life to return to the promise land.