An Aliyah dream poised to come true

An Aliyah dream poised to come true

We’re going to be bringing 250 new immigrants by the end of December. With your help it will be possible! Here’s the story of one family who is anxiously awaiting:

Hanniel Haokip has lived all of his 26 years in northeast India. And yet he’s dreamed his whole life of one day returning to his Homeland — Israel. 

Hanniel is a Bnei Menashe Jew. Like Jews around the world, he had his Brit Milah (circumcision) on the 8th day, was raised to follow the Torah, and dreams of a return to Zion. His father and mother would tell him about the Bnei Menashe being one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, and that one day they’d go home. In fact, whenever he saw a plane fly across the sky, Israel was the first thing that came to his mind. Even still, it was hard to fathom the actualization of this deep yearning.

Over the years, Hanniel started to see hundreds of his fellow community members begin to make Aliyah and the dream that almost seemed impossible slowly turned into real hope. In fact, over the past 20 years Shavei Israel has helped 4,000 Bnei Menashe make aliyah. Now, Israel’s Aliyah and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata is pushing ahead with the planned aliyah of 722 Bnei Menashe Jews in cooperation with the Interior Ministry and Shavei Israel. And Hanniel found himself on that list of 722. Suddenly Hanniel’s hope is set to become reality. 

Hanniel, who lives in the city of Imphal, India, shares his dream with his wife, Eliana, whom he married in 2013, and their two sons, Eldad, 6, and Yedidya, 3.

Together they have been devoting their free time to learning Torah, observing the mitzvot (the commandments), and preparing for their lives in Israel. 

“Aliyah means everything to me and my family,” says Hanniel, because Eretz Israel is much more than a tiny piece of land in the Middle East. It is the land given to our forefathers by G-d. The State of Israel is the living proof that the Jewish people have survived against all odds and will continue to survive and thrive. It is the land the G-d of Israel blessed. And we can’t wait to make Aliyah and serve our Creator.

“May HaShem answer the prayers of my family and the prayers of thousands of Bnei Menashe who till to this day anxiously await to make Aliyah to Israel.”

Please help Hanniel and his family to make aliyah. The cost is $1000 per person so in the case of Hanniel and his family just $4000 will allow them to fulfill their dream.

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Laura Ben-David
Laura Ben-David
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