2,700 Years in the Making, Members of Lost Tribe of Menashe Visit Western Wall for First Time (PHOTOS)

“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.

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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.

Michael Freund, founder and chairman of Israel Returns, in front of the Western Wall with two young men from the Bnei Menashe tribe. (Photo: Israel Returns)
Michael Freund, founder and chairman of Israel Returns, in front of the Western Wall with two young men from the Bnei Menashe tribe. (Photo: Israel Returns)
Father and Son from Bnei Menashe smile proudly at the Western Wall. (Photo: Israel Returns)
Father and Son from Bnei Menashe smile proudly at the Western Wall. (Photo: Israel Returns)
Bnei Menashe celebrate their return to Israel at the Western Wall. (Photo: Israel Returns)
Bnei Menashe celebrate their return to Israel at the Western Wall. (Photo: Israel Returns)
 A man from Bnei Menashe reads a handwritten note as he stands face to face with the Western Wall. (Photo: Israel Returns)
A man from Bnei Menashe reads a handwritten note as he stands face to face with the Western Wall. (Photo: Israel Returns)
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A boy from Bnei Menashe prays the evening prayer of Arvit during his first visit to the Western Wall. (Photo: Israel Returns)
A boy from Bnei Menashe prays the evening prayer of Arvit during his first visit to the Western Wall. (Photo: Israel Returns)
This young boy from Bnei Menashe puts on his blue kippah proudly to visit the Western Wall for the first time. (Photo: Israel Returns)
This young boy from Bnei Menashe puts on his blue kippah proudly to visit the Western Wall for the first time. (Photo: Israel Returns)

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