Bnei Menashe Aliyah: meet Akiva Haokip

Bnei Menashe Aliyah: meet Akiva Haokip

Later this year, Shavei Israel will be bringing a large group of 250 Bnei Menashe immigrants from northeast India to Israel on Aliyah. Among them is Akiva Haokip, a Manipur native, who is very excited to fulfill his dream and return to the land of his forefathers.

Akiva, his wife Batya and their son Rakhem live in a small town of Langol, in northeast India. Moving to Israel is a high priority, and a main purpose in their lives for many reasons. 

“Leading a Jewish lifestyle in a remote region of modern India is not simple,” Akiva explains. 

While understanding the importance of the Land of Israel declared by Torah, Akiva is experiencing real challenges in his attempts to educate his son whose dream is to become a Torah scholar. Also, the Haokip family wants to reunite with their relatives, Ovadia and Miriam, currently living in Beit She’an.

“We’ve always hoped that one day, our Father, the Holy One blessed be He, would gather our tears that we shed while we cried for Zion and bring us back to the Holy Land and reunite us with our brothers with tears of happiness. And ultimately may we merit the rebuilding of the holy temple speedily in our days,” Akiva adds emotionally.

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Support Bnei Menashe Aliya, and make a real difference! The timing of Akiva’s family move to Israel, along with the other Bnei Menashe who will make Aliya with them, depends in large part on funding. The cost for us per immigrant is just US $1,000, which covers airfare and transportation from India to Israel as well as some of the initial absorption costs. For every $1,000 that is raised, Akiva or another Bnei Menashe will be able to make the long journey home to Zion.

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Esther Surikova
Esther Surikova
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