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Israeli chief rabbi greets new Bnei Menashe immigrants

By Mason White 2:48 PM March 13, 2013
Bnei Menashe immigrants meet Israeli chief rabbi 

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) The Bnei Menashe immigrants, who recently arrived to Israel, were treated to personal meeting with the Israeli chief rabbi, according to video uploaded to the internet.

The Sephardic Israeli chief rabbi, Rabbi Shlomo Amar, along with members of his staff, made ​​a special visit to the Shavei Israel Absorption Center in Givat Haviva, in order to congratulate the 274 Bnei Menashe immigrants from India, who came to the Jewish state in recent months as part of a new wave of immigration.

According to participants, the meeting between the Bnei Menashe and the Chief Rabbi was clearly a major event. As the car of the rabbi approached the absorption center, the Bnei Menashe immigrants literally ran outside to meet him, singing and dancing on the way to the car. The Bnei Menashe escorted Rabbi Amar into the center where their enthusiasm continued.

A group of four recent immigrants entertained the participants with guitar and singing, including a performance of the Bnei Menashe “Aliyah” composition and other songs from the Passover Seder, the latter telling the story of how God has saved the Jews in one generation after another from those who have tried to destroy them.

Organizers said it was an appropriate message for the arrival of a community that has roots back 2,700 years to the expulsion of the ten lost tribes by the Assyrians and yet has managed to survive and thrive in a faraway land.

A group of Bnei Menashe children stole the show by reciting the Shema prayer and also the full text of the 10 commandments in front of their guests who were visibly moved. In addition, the new immigrants went so far as to address the rabbis in Hebrew, which they learned through classes provided by the Shavei Israel Bnei Menashe, in India.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view