Sunday, January 26, 2014

Genesis 12: Home after 27 Centuries

Vayehi/Lived (Genesis 47:28-50:26)

Israel said to Joseph, "I never pilal-ti (thought/hoped/imagined/dreamed) that I would ever see your face again, and God has even let me see your children." (Genesis 48:11)
To this day, Jewish fathers bless their children with Jacob's blessing: "May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh." (Genesis: 48:20)


We focus this Vayehi blog post on our awesome reunion with the beautiful children of the Children of Manasseh (Bnei Menashe) from India.
Tzvi Kahuate, Bnei Menashe Coordinator for Shavei Israel, was our guide on our visit to his community in Kiryat Arba.

Shavei Israel reaches out and assists Lost Tribes seeking to return to the Jewish people.
We photographed Tzvi with his daughter in purple (segol) and his wife Nurit with their youngest daughter as their Superman son watched.

Mel explained that the Jewish People are am segulah that can be translated as "purple people."
We are a People chosen to teach the world that by mixing sky blue with red (adom) of earth (adamah) we bring heaven down to earth.

We photographed Laviyah with her four-day old son and her son Menahem.  Her husband was away serving in the Israel Defense Forces.
We visited Beit Miriam, the Shavei Israel Community Center, where we saw Bnei Menashe children coming for help with their homework.

Others worked with computers and on crafts projects while two girls outside were climbing a tree.
At the entrance to Beit Miriam, the prophetic vision that we were seeing with our own eyes was posted on the wall:

And I will return the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel, and I shall assemble them as in the beginning. (Jeremiah 33)