Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, Minister of Aliyah and integration MK Penina Tamanu has estimated that some 90,000 Jews will immigrate to Israel by the end of 2021 and all this during the Coronavirus outbreak worldwide.

The Minister stated “No Jew has the authority to close the gates of Israel. Not in times of distress either,” Minister Tamanu stressed the need for increasing the number of apartments in public housing. Penina Tamanu vowed to bring all Bnei Yisrael who are presently stranded in Ethiopia to make Aliyah, as well as the Bnei Menashe in India.

The Ministers words are timely and not too soon from one in authority. Her words should arouse passion and honest debate when discussing Aliyah, in general, let alone specific cases like the Jews of Ethiopia and India.

We need to reinvigorate our zeal for the “Return” of our people to the Land of Israel. Aliyah is becoming an afterthought and its Halachic requirement distorted, out of ignorance, prejudice, and a desire to remain in the diaspora.

No other subject warrants our attention as a people as Aliyah is inseparable from our mission and in fact, is an integral part of our destiny as a ‘Light unto the Nations.”

Aliyah is a means for us to reconnect to our essence as the Jewish People in the Land. The Land of Israel is central to this becoming a reality no longer a dream but a living reality and all that means to a failing world.

The Gates of Israel are open you only have to come to experience “Freedoms Gate”! You doing so will make a difference beyond your wildest dreams.

Yosef Yigal Drever

Yosef Yigal Drever and Sylvia Drever co-founded Achdut HaLev in 2006 to reach out to the Jewish community's around the world providing support in learning Torah and promoting the 'Return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.' Yosef Yigal made Aliya in 2014 while Sylvia his wife is an Israeli. In late 2014 Achdut HaLev concentrated all its resources towards Aliya and the rebuilding of Eretz Yisrael. Excluding none and embracing all. The commandment to settle the Land of Israel is equal in importance to all the Torah Commandments all together: (Sifri Deut 12:29)