Israel is the historic and spiritual home of the Jewish people, which makes possible the aliyah (immigration) of 110 Ukrainian Jews on a Fellowship Freedom Flight this week. Writing at The Jerusalem Post, Fellowship Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein tells how each one of these new olim makes Israel more complete:
I arrived at the airport half an hour before the first group of 110 immigrants on the latest Fellowship Freedom Flight from Ukraine was supposed to come out of processing as Israeli citizens. There were already dozens of people holding signs, singing songs and waving Israeli flags, waiting to greet these immigrants to the Holy Land.
It amazed me how total strangers came to the airport in the middle of the day, simply to show their support and appreciation for these newest Israeli citizens. From the time I was young I have heard the beautiful quotation from the Talmud that says “The people are all responsible for one another,” and here I was at Ben-Gurion Airport, watching those words come alive …
I am lucky to live in these historic times, when Jews have a homeland to go to when persecution and war strike. As we celebrate the Seder meal on Passover next week, remember the Jews in Ukraine who are praying for freedom. They are yearning to come home – and it’s time for all of us to unite, and to make that dream a reality.