Brad L. Burge
God desires that ALL people would accept God's love and salvation through Jesus Christ. God has compelled me to share information with the world relating to the biblical seven year tribulation in order to share Truth in a deceived world.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. (John 1:1-5)
Jesus answered, "I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Shira Oziry, director of missions of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
The Falash Mura are, by definition, Ethiopians whose ancestors converted to Christianity but who consider themselves Jews. Some have become religiously observant while waiting to enter Israel; others have not. Some women, for example, have crosses permanently tattooed on their foreheads, although this, too, may not be definitive proof of their remaining allegiance to Christianity.
No matter how many Falash Mura make their way to Israel, currently at a rate of 300 a month, the same number (around 20,000) always remains in Addis or Gondar awaiting their turn to immigrate.
Oziry claims that the 20,000 Falash Mura now in the pipeline will be absorbed into Israel by 2007; then the gates will be closed. Only time will tell if her statement proves accurate.
Meanwhile, many in Israel and the Diaspora community criticize the Israeli government for the slow pace of Ethiopian absorption. The finance ministry counters that absorbing Ethiopians costs $100,000 each, owing to the deep educational, cultural and economic gaps that must be bridged. Older Ethiopians, for example, will more likely than not spend their last years or decades on welfare.
"All aliyah is costly in the beginning,” Hoffman counters, "but it more than pays for itself in the long run.” Furthermore, he adds, "Israel found money for the Gaza disengagement, and that cost a lot more than $100,000 a person.”
Money is the last thing on anyone's mind as we witness the emotional highpoint of the newcomers' first hours in Israel: family reunions.
Cleveland Jewish News.com -- News