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"Sons of Manasseh" set to return to Israel from India

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  • "Sons of Manasseh" set to return to Israel from India

    Thousands of kilometers to the east, in the furthest reaches of northeastern India, a long-lost community continues to nourish its age-old dream of returning to its ancient homeland, the land of Israel.

    The Bnei Menashe, or “sons of Manasseh,” are descendants of one of the 10 lost tribes of Israel, which were exiled by the Assyrian empire more than 27 centuries ago. The community, which numbers 7,232 people, resides primarily in the Indian states of Mizoram and Manipur, along the border with Burma and Bangladesh.

    Despite generations of wandering, the Bnei Menashe never forgot who they were, where they had come from, or where they aspired to return.

    Three times a day, every day, they turn in silent prayer toward Jerusalem, pleading with the Creator to put an end to their long exile and bring them home to Zion.

    That dream is now poised, at last, to become a reality.

    This past Monday, an extraordinary meeting of the Ministerial Committee on Immigration and Absorption took place in the Prime Minister’s Office. At the top of the agenda was the issue of the Bnei Menashe.

    AS CHAIRMAN of Shavei Israel, an organization that has been assisting the community for over a decade, I had lobbied intensively for much of the past year for the committee to address the issue.

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    Re: "Sons of Manasseh" set to return to Israel from India

    It's interesting to me that Manasseh is not mentioned as one of the 12 tribes in Revelation 7 - yet we do see it in Ezekiel 48 which most scholars agree is after the Tribulation/during the 1000-yr reign of Christ.