Heroes of Israel: From Ethiopia to Israel's Knesset

A life and death trek across the Sudan.

Directed by Shoot East


Comments (187)

(187) Mary Ellen, June 19, 2012 2:13 PM

What an amazing testimony of His faithfulness

Thank you for sharing this amazing testimony. How blessed is the Knesset to have one such as you in their ranks. May Hashem bless you with His best.

(186) lavaughn dennis, March 31, 2012 1:45 PM

that was really bueatifull but i want to see all the children of yisreal returned especially the stripped of their religion in america and other countries

(185) dawit, March 14, 2012 8:41 AM

oh! what an amaising story god bless israel

(184) kk, December 22, 2010 3:41 AM

god bless israel and the chosen people.you are the people who rolls the wheel of history.we all are with you in fighting evils...... from india

(183) Alexandra, July 25, 2010 6:55 PM

Amazing story!

Wow! What an amazing story. I myself is a Russian Jew who immigrated to US back in the early 90s. We went through our share of hardship and like you said cultural shock was almost overwhelming. But I don't thing we went through nearly as much danger and hardship as you did. I don't say this often but God bless you! And God Bless Israel!

(182) Elisabeth Johansson, May 16, 2010 7:42 PM

These videos are absolutly wonderful this is what we are missing in the western world, honour, love, respect, courage Bless you for showing the world

This videos has warmed my heart to see such heroes I feel so priveleged to have seen it. Bless you and thank you, I want to forward this to friends and families

(181) Anonymous, December 8, 2009 12:52 AM

oh this is great. i cant help crying. oh adonai remember Israel.u r a living testmony God bless u all.

(180) WOW, October 17, 2009 3:29 PM

amaizing story!

I also immigrated from Tigray region, in the early 1980 Although we faced death and many other freighting situations, we didn't face with such things: lions, snakes and tigers. Wow! what an amaizing story. I didn’t know as well that Africa has tigers at all; accept the tigrayan people in northern Ethiopia! Wow! he has such a nice his-story!

(179) R Grunberg, June 15, 2009 2:51 PM

So amazed at your courage and your faith!

As an American Jew and an immigrant and survivor from Nazi Germany, I am so proud of your faith and courage! For sure what binds all of us proud Jews and Zionists, is our inner belief that cannot Israel is here to stay forever and ever! May the Jews of the diasporah not forget their origins! May the leaders of the world not abandon us with their lofty, naive concepts that endangers our very existance as well as the future of our world! God bless you! Sincerely, Rita Grunberg

(178) Maria, June 14, 2009 9:58 AM

I cried as I saw this. What a heart. What an inspiring man. His story shows he earned the respect he has today. God bless him for his courage!!!

(177) Lea Baskind, June 13, 2009 4:01 AM

Very Inspiring Story !

it's so true and an inspiring amazing story.

(176) rocko friedkin, May 29, 2009 5:05 PM

Since the time of Solomon

Terrific story, was involved with raising awareness of the Ethiopian Jews back in the time of Operation Solomon. Quite a difference to the plight of blacks in the Sudan. I hope they are receiving better treatment in present day Israel and more acceptance.There is some problem see "Live and Become".

(175) Allan Gold, May 28, 2009 12:58 PM

Truly amazing! "AND G-D SAID 'LET THERE BE LIGHT!'"

(174) Lisa Pine, May 27, 2009 7:43 PM

Awe struck

An inspirational story of deep desire and awe. It took my breathe away, with respect for this amazing man.

(173) joan, May 17, 2009 8:55 PM

This is a very touching story.

I found this story quite moving and inspiring.

(172) Neria, May 12, 2009 2:54 PM

Todah!

Wonderful, wonderful inspiration from the Rav Lau, Mandell and Ethiopia videos.G-d bless you for opening these sources of light to those of us in the Diaspora! Shana ha ba b Yerushalim!

(171) Joan Okun, May 12, 2009 2:38 PM

Amazing story! Thanks so much for sharing it!

Amazing story! Thanks so much for sharing it!

(170) rosemary goldhar, May 2, 2009 8:19 PM

truly an inspiration to all and what an example of spirit and heart

(169) Ester, April 28, 2009 2:33 PM

From Ethiopia to Israel's Knesset

Awesome... KM are blessed having you in their midst... Toda Raba!

(168) Avi, April 28, 2009 10:02 AM

Inspiring

When I look around me in the Jewish communities in the USA and find so little love and concern left for Israel, for our future as a people. It is heart wrenching and scary. This man epitomizes the love for the meaning of Eretz Israel, remaining loyal Jews to our heritage. Israel is our most sacred and cherished gift. Worth protecting with our lives every minute of everyday till eternity. This incredible man walked to the ends of the earth and thru hell to reach Israel. What more can anyone say or do, to match his loyalty, his total commitment.

(167) Arlene Swartzman, April 28, 2009 1:18 AM

You bring joy to Israel!

Thank you for sharing your inspiring -- and heartbreaking -- story. You bring joy to Israel! May Hashem bless you always! Arlene Swartzman Chicago, Illinois USA

(166) Marsha G. Fink, MD, April 27, 2009 11:04 PM

We were part of this!

My mother and I worked for HIAS at that time. I was in medical school! HIAS helped in theproject of migrationand settlement. It was a miracle and still is! People who in the lapse of 4 hours were brought through millenniaa of historical changes and are wonderfully contributing to Jewsih contiuned surivival!

(165) Anonymous, April 27, 2009 9:38 PM

Yetzias Mitzrayim!

This was what yetzias mitzrayim must have been like! Imagine walking through a dessert, without water, protection, etc. only with faith and idealogy! Inspiring! We westerners are so far removed and "spoiled."

(164) Julio Acosta M.D., April 27, 2009 4:45 PM

Aliyah

How strong is the desire of Aliyah

(163) Cecile, April 27, 2009 10:41 AM

The hand of G_D was on him.

Very inspiring.

(162) Bernyce Lichterman, April 22, 2009 7:06 PM

Incredible

He is so to be admired..courageous..

(161) Kenneth, April 19, 2009 4:12 AM

Definately a unique human being. Thanks for sharing your God given gifts May the Almighty continue to strenghen you elbows as you endevour to assist others. As an Afro-Isreali orignally from Ghana I can relate to what you are talking about. It is my prayer that we all find semblance not alowing xenophobia to cause mankind to back slide but rather promote more educational awareness and encouragement for the for those in our generation as well as the next struggling fiscally and unable to find a balance due to thier crid. For the embetterment of our National and societies which we live in. Shlomo God bless Your Faithfully, Kenneth Mercer-Wood

(160) maria samperio, March 23, 2009 11:32 PM

YOU JUST MADE MY DAY¡

i was feeling lonely and bad, I just new my roots are in Israel, I´m in México, but my heart beat for my land, i dont know how but what i know is G-d is leading me there, some day i will be there among my people. may Hashem bless you thanks for your words. maria

(159) ABE STRAHL, March 23, 2009 4:00 PM

WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING

I WISH I HAD THE HONOR TO MEET AND SPEAK WITH SHLOMO MULA...WHAT A WONDERFUL HERO...UNBELIEVABLE... GOD BLESS HIM, HIS FAMILY AND ALL THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE FROM EHIOPIA. I AM PROUD OF YOU SHLOMO...VERY PROUD

(158) Sylvia Zuckerbrod, March 23, 2009 12:54 PM

From Ethiopia

How wonderful.

(157) Ronald, February 5, 2009 4:06 PM

African in Israel

There are many Israelis who came from Africa.

(156) Linda Saban, January 30, 2009 10:03 AM

What brave young people they were, such an uplifting story, Hashem must be smiling,I'm pleased he is a member of the Israeli Parliament.

(155) sarah, January 29, 2009 11:53 AM

If you want to believe ....

What an exemple ! That is how every jew should yearn for our land. This man paid a heavy price to come back to his Land He certainly deserve to be there . Hashem must have much Joy from those people who pay such a price to the land of Israel . It is very inspirational . G. od bless all the people of israel . Amen

(154) Anonymous, January 27, 2009 4:21 PM

Intelligent

What an intelligent and interesting man. They could make a movie about him.

(153) Allan, January 27, 2009 11:31 AM

Most inspiring

Saddness seems to precede all good things in this country of Israel. The strength of our people is overwhelming. To listen to the stories of those who have suffered pain to come or live in israel is most inspiring.

(152) Hadas, January 27, 2009 6:30 AM

WOW

He is such an AMAZING person!!! You need a lot of will power inorder to do such a thing... Leave everything, take the chance, become something! WOW I'm amazed....

(151) Isaac & Ida Kretchmeir, January 26, 2009 10:40 PM

Shalom!! Very inspirational and beautiful story. LOVE your site!!

Dear Friends at AISH, Shalom from NYC! I am an unashamed Zionist, and so is my wife of 22 years. Our children are grown, and out of three, one lives in the Promised Land. Health circumstances prevent me from joining him there, but I've spent many years in Israel. You folks have a wonderful, inspirational web-site, and believe me, I'm gong to do everything I can to make sure my friends see it, G-d willing. I wish everyone reading this to have a wonderful day, and pray for Israel's security. She needs it. REJOICE in G-d's promise to gather us from Diaspora is fulfilled! LONG LIVE ISRAEL, BEAUTIFUL JEWEL IN A DESERT. I REJOICE when and grandchildren rejoice at good news from Israel, and equally weeps with the people of Israel in solidarity during times of tragedy.

(150) Ana, January 26, 2009 2:09 PM

Thanks for all time of love!!!shalom aleijen

(149) Frances, January 26, 2009 1:17 PM

A beautiful story

Thank,you for sharing such an inspirational and wonderful story. Thank you and shalom.

(148) Alvaro Sanchez, January 26, 2009 12:20 PM

SHALOM en el nombre DE DI-S GRACIAS POR ESTOS MENSAJES QUE SON DE FORTALECIMIENTO ESPIRITUAL.

(147) Arlene Swartzman, January 26, 2009 10:32 AM

Shalom!

Shalom from Chicago! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with all its hardships and successes. Eretz Yisroel is built on the courage, intelligence, faith, and resilience of its many people, and your story shows this to be true. Am Yisroel chai!

(146) Reanna (8 ys.), January 25, 2009 9:38 PM

Inspired by your triumph

Your story is very interesting. I was amazed by your adventure. I am so happy that you survived to be a blessing to me. You are so very brave. My mommy and I are praying for you. G-D bless you.

(145) jose vitoriano, January 25, 2009 6:54 AM

shalom to israel le chaim israel

peace to israel and jerusalem shalom

(144) Myra, January 10, 2009 9:27 AM

We wept

WE wept at your beautiful story. It is a witness to the reality of G_D in our world and lives. Blessings.

(143) fariborz nikoo, January 6, 2009 11:42 AM

be proud to be a jew

you are doing a good job to let us know about these poeole thank you

(142) Lorand B. Kenon, January 6, 2009 9:53 AM

What a Mighty G_D We Serve!!!!

Collectively we make up a representation of the reflection of the almighty when we acknowledge his omniy presences the Creator is happy...Let's make him happy May his Great name live forever from generation to generation....

(141) Dianne Shames, December 27, 2008 9:12 AM

There is still inspiration in the world today.

I ask my students each year, "name someone that you admire for being a good person & doing good, someone we can all identify with." They usually name sports or television or movie stars. Now we will look at this web site, together.

(140) Anonymous, December 21, 2008 2:36 PM

very inspirational story. I got chills. People don't realize what kind of honor it is to live in Israel and how special it is. People dream of being in this land and people walked by foot from their original countries because they feel in their hearts that it is their place to be, it is home. Kol a kaod laem!!! am yisrael hai, medinat yisrael hai!

(139) Anonymous, December 14, 2008 11:47 AM

I was born in Washington, D.C. and am happy to see other Jews coming here.

I'm happy Jews come from all over. I've been here since Jan. 1951, have gone through almost everything other Israelis go through, my 5 Sabra children and grandchildren are glad to be Israelis.

(138) Sefardisafran, December 12, 2008 11:03 AM

Only took....

less than 10 years in order to do what took other countries over 2 centuries. Sefardisafran Hoboken NJ

(137) Anonymous, December 9, 2008 9:05 PM

Super Heroes that we can emulate

We need to promote these Heroes to the Front Pages of the Free Worlds Newspapers.

(136) Donna, December 8, 2008 7:28 AM

I am amazed

Thankyou for sharing your story, its amazing and thank G-d you are there in a position to help your people. Don't give up the Zionist dream. G-d Bless Donna

(135) Manuel Vital, December 4, 2008 10:20 AM

Inspiring

These videos help us to cope with life having in mind evreything we do has a meaning

(134) Bernice Loftus, December 1, 2008 1:08 PM

Very powerful.I am researching the history of the Ethiopian People to present to my Havurah group.

(133) Louis, November 30, 2008 10:20 AM

Its great to find the positive

There are wounderful videos. Its great to see such positive and moving stories. Thank you!

(132) Shirley Schwartz, November 28, 2008 7:54 AM

Rabbi Lau deserves every credit for his bravery

A wonderful account of a most distinguished and thought provoking Rabbi. How well he describes the fate of the small children in the camps.

(131) Naomi Liebersohn, November 25, 2008 1:27 PM

All the film clips were very inspiring. It's truly amazing how people overcome their hardships and tragic events and then lead productive and happy lives.

(130) AVIVA, November 25, 2008 6:13 AM

inspiration

The strong sense of purpose, faith in God and the love of Eretz Yisroel is something we all need to pay attention to. We could all learn from Shlomo''s determination and focus and hopefully appreciate and value what we have, take nothing for granted.

(129) Paul, November 24, 2008 1:40 PM

Journey from Ethiopia

Shlomo, thank you for sharing your story, everyone possible should see it. I cried and then laughed when you talked about the elevator. I was reminded when we emigrated from Europe, arrived in Quebec and could not get my mother on the escalator to disembark. We never saw one before. I am a holocaust survivor and in my testimony to students I always talk about Israel including the Ethiopians there. G-d bless you and your family.

(128) Dru Hammer, November 23, 2008 5:59 PM

relation to the chicken lady?

My husband's family were Russian Jews. Julian and Rose Hammer were first generation American immigrants,who were my husband's great grand parents from Moscow. Any relation to Mrs Hammer the chicken lady? I hope another wonderful legacy of Hammers

(127) paul kristianto, November 21, 2008 6:08 PM

very nice story

Puji Tuhan (Indonesia verse for Praise G_d) !! The story of travells from Ethiopia up to Holy Land is very spectacular. Only those that believes and blend in G_d would be able to do that. Nothing inpossible in G_d !! Puji Tuhan !!!

(126) Johny, November 20, 2008 10:15 PM

'HaShem' Is great(Daniel.Vers.6:17-27)

great Story Shlomo Mola,When I wetch this Film you Remind me Daniel,6:17-27, story In Torah.'HaShem promised for a Jewish people to bring back us, the promised Land, the holy Land yerusalem is very beautiful story,alot of encourage for Beta YIsrael Jew,this story!, HaShem help you to teach Beta yisreal Jew- how to keep Our Identity Judaism,We don't forget easly which are the main values,of the Judasim.We can't forget from where we come,who we are,especialy which are real life valves,why I say this thing because we keep Our Identity,if we are jew, we get married Jew, Our blood, Our soul to connect.We are expensive than Diamond,Is not get married non jew to go (Addis) to bring non Jew?We keep Our values, We need Leasen Our Holy Father Says'Rav,Ovadia Yossef' & Rav,Mordechai Eliyahu'? God help you you to bring More Beta Israel & UNITED with a Jewish people.' We son'of Jacob'12'TRIBE'One people One destiny'One andivided a Jewish State,STATE of Yisrael,amen,We a Jewish people and Our Holy Land exist for ever with HaShem!!amen.mola God blees you'! you proud me.(toda Raba)sha-Lom Shabbat!Johny /queen Land

(125) Alan, November 20, 2008 8:12 PM

Mah Tovu

Mah Tovu ohelecha yakov, Mishkenosecha Yisrael !

(124) Arieh Binyamin, November 20, 2008 4:56 PM

great

(123) Lindy, November 20, 2008 11:23 AM

Thank you!

Thank you for sharing this with the world. I would like to see it broadcast on Prime Time television. The part about going up and down the elevator made me smile but I totally understand. God bless you and keep telling your story.

(122) Anonymous, November 20, 2008 10:30 AM

unbelievable

even though I have heard others speak of this journey, it is still unbelievable, and makes me realize what can be accomplished with a strong belief in Hashem

(121) Jay, November 19, 2008 12:00 PM

INSPIRING

How easy it is for we Jews in the U.S. to visit our Homeland Israel and still many don't go.......

(120) Anonymous, November 17, 2008 11:12 PM

We are one

We are one people. May we join together and protect our homeland.

(119) Roy and Janet, November 17, 2008 9:04 PM

Shalom

How great is the fulfillment of our Lord's Word to His people to bring them Home to Zion!

(118) Bernard Kessler, November 17, 2008 7:31 PM

A truly remarkable story

It seems impossible that they walked so far and then reached Israel. God was with them

(117) Warren, November 17, 2008 8:34 AM

We should all be so strong in our faith! I believe God has a special place in heaven for people like those who risk so much in His name.

(116) Anonymous, November 17, 2008 2:02 AM

wow

Amazing.

(115) leon bernstein, November 16, 2008 12:48 PM

education as atool to of change

I believe it is a most interesting story ,showing us the unity of mankind and the posibilities given by education

(114) AnaDeliaLopez, November 16, 2008 11:08 AM

Excellent - La Presentacion es Excelente

Thank you for doing this work. You are presenting to the world the best of Israel. "The Remnant" Thank you, Todah Raba...Gracias, Shalom, AnaDelia

(113) Regina, November 16, 2008 10:01 AM

Wow!

It's wonderful to hear the stories of people and their courage and faith.

(112) Tony Lee, November 15, 2008 9:55 PM

Thank You.

Thank you for finally showing the "other" side of the Nation of Israel. There are Jews across this world who are not just "Western". So I thank you Aish for showing something that I can be proud of.

(111) Anonymous, November 14, 2008 6:43 PM

beautiful inspirational

a heart warming story

(110) Michael Wiener, November 14, 2008 4:16 PM

The Big Lie

A very moving story. How unfair that Zionism is ever equated with racism.

(109) Nancy Sonnett-Selwyn, November 13, 2008 11:18 AM

A TOUCHING STORY!!

What a beautiful, touching story!! It really made my day. The tears were tears of JOY!!

(108) Aviya Isaacson, November 13, 2008 10:52 AM

Prayers

Thank God, who hears and answers the prayer of His people, in His great love and mercy.

May God gather us all soon in peace from the four corners of the world.

Amen!

(107) Carole Siesser, November 13, 2008 8:49 AM

Too many tears to write a comment. I am overcome...

(106) Judi Goldsmith, November 10, 2008 3:19 PM

What an amazoing and beautiful story

Thank you for sharing this with us

(105) ED WALLS, November 10, 2008 7:40 AM

A BLESSING

THIS STORY IS A BLESSING TO US ALL

(104) Frances Berkowitz, November 9, 2008 8:08 AM

This man is amazing

I cannot believe what this man must have gone through to get to Israel. God Bless Him and God Bless Israel. What a wonderful thing that Israel has this plane to bring people over.

(103) Miriam, November 8, 2008 7:59 PM

An example of resilience and faith

This life story shows how men and women with moral principles, ideals and willpower can succeed and bring progress to help others.

(102) MORRIS HOROWITZ, November 6, 2008 4:42 PM

CONTRIBUTIONS USED PROPERLY

AT LEAST I KNOW NOW THAT THE MONIES THAT I CONTRIBUTED TO THAT CAUSE WERE SPENT PEOPERLY AND DID MAKE A DIFFRENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHER JEWS

(101) Hadassah, November 6, 2008 12:06 PM

Very informative !

(100) HWM, November 5, 2008 8:18 AM

May he go far!

may he arrive at the summit in leadership!!

(99) Harriet Pardo, November 5, 2008 6:40 AM

What a beautiful film!

This film should be shown around the world, to youth groups and adults of all denominations. Synogogues and Jewish day schools should be showing this film to help us realize how the call of Judaism is so deep and so instilled in its diversity.

(98) Yiakov Ben Dani Lauhren, November 4, 2008 10:57 PM

I testify about this, becouse I wass passed for it too!

Selam, I testify, with him, becouse me and all my family and relatives, was passed about this suffiring, to arrived in Israel, our genuine Land!

(97) Lucero Levy, November 4, 2008 3:35 PM

What an inspiring story. It makes us all very proud. I will share this story with family and friends, Jews and non Jews.

(96) Anonymous, November 4, 2008 8:49 AM

great story

we need to spread more stories like this one to the whole world who refuse to appreciate the human heart of israel.

(95) Eben, November 3, 2008 2:03 PM

How beautiful are Your Tents

Ofcourse Israel is your home! Thank you, you are an inspiration to me.

(94) yechiel shlipshon, November 3, 2008 9:52 AM

toda

For us American Jews, who only know the trials the survivors of the Holocaust, Arab persecution and the thousands who risk their lives to resurrect Yisrael,by second or third person, or read about their courage, we would be greatful to HaShem and to them and complain less and help more. I can only hope I can one day thank some of them, in Yisrael.

(93) Charlie, November 3, 2008 4:49 AM

Ethiopia

I concur with all the coments about this remarkable person. Good to hear good things from Israel

(92) steve, November 2, 2008 9:44 PM

love it

Israel is special We know that every day. Be strong. We are with you.

(91) Anonymous, November 2, 2008 5:43 PM

Beautiful & moving. Thank you.

Look forward to hearing from you.

(90) Jeff G., November 2, 2008 3:45 PM

What an incredible journey! Crossing the desert with nothing but the clothes on his back, his faith in Hashem and his hope for a future in the Promised Land. An ancient success story, echoed in modern times.

(89) Yamit, November 2, 2008 10:51 AM

Live and Become

Mazal tov to this great man of a great people! I recently saw the moving film "Live and Become" about the Falashas making aliyah to Israel. I can highly recommend this film to everybody, as it gives a wonderful insight on their emotional but very difficult and suffered story. May God bless Israel and it's people always. You all are in my heart and prayers forever.

(88) ALLEN RAMS, November 2, 2008 9:02 AM

"WOW"

AND THEY SAY THAT WE PRACTICE APARTHIED.

(87) Estela Blaustein, November 2, 2008 4:53 AM

Ethiopia film really moved me.

I would like to help this cause. Please guide me as to how to get there. I have a manufacturing company here in NJ were I can make some apparel in the name of Heroes of Israel. Let me know what I can do.

(86) Anonymous, November 1, 2008 7:46 PM

What a wonderful film

This film was very inspiring and brings "hope" to every Jew no matter where he lives, that Israel will welcome him.

(85) Yoel, November 1, 2008 7:02 PM

Todah for this wonderful journey

Todah Rabah for sharing this wonderful journey. I am more than determined to make aliyah now. Todah again. L'Ahava Echad

(84) Gary Felts, October 31, 2008 10:24 PM

These people were amazing

God Bless them, I''m glad that they made it!! God must have been with them on their journey, they could have died in several differnt places on the journey!

(83) Anonymous, October 31, 2008 8:49 PM

WONDERFULL

I have watched this video ten times and will probably watch it ten more times. I feel such warmth for these people.

(82) Ruthenyu, October 31, 2008 8:14 PM

Wow

What a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing it.

(81) andrew, October 31, 2008 11:57 AM

You are a true hero!

I am so impresed for your deed. Its incredible. In adition I am sure that like me, there are many people feeling so proud of a hero like you. Finally, I have learned two issues: the value of courage and the value of money. I will never forget it!

(80) Larry, October 31, 2008 10:40 AM

Shows what you can do if determined

Very interesting and symbolmatic of what Jewish people can do once they put their minds to it. Mazel Tov

(79) Jerri, October 31, 2008 9:12 AM

So inspiring!

The story is so inspiring and the desire to go to Israel is obviously placed in his heart by G-d. Shalom.

(78) Pasha Clouser, October 31, 2008 7:21 AM

Very Inspiring!

(77) David, October 31, 2008 1:39 AM

Shalom...!!!!

This is a great story, we all soon be back to our land and we will be one, one voice
Am Echad B''Kol Echad

Shalom Shalom

David

(76) Joanne, October 30, 2008 7:25 PM

Awesome!

I can't wait to share this in school with my students!

(75) Anonymous, October 30, 2008 3:38 PM

beatiful a story well told

(74) Ruth, October 30, 2008 5:55 AM

Wake up Americans!

Think of what this amazing man chose to go through - the physical & mental brutalization - to get to eretz Israel. Many of us here in America have never even visited Israel - even tho we can afford it, we don't care. Please, please go! You'll never regret it.

(73) Larry Blau, October 30, 2008 5:42 AM

This is the "Essence" of 'being a Jew.'

I was greatly moved by this story. I had no idea of the zeal that these Ethiopian Jews have for the State of Israel, as their "homeland." We Jews, here in America, can take a lesson from them!

(72) Seleshi, October 29, 2008 8:49 PM

Well there are many Shlomo's but he is one of a kind

I am glad to see such Ethiopian decendent hero's posted in such way.Credit to Mr Shlomo,i heared a lot about him when i used to live in the beloved land ISRAEL.Keep it up the good works Shlomo.Never give up keep helping the community you came from which is also helping the country we all love.Peace to ISRAEL,God bless

(71) Anonymous, October 29, 2008 9:11 AM

Beautiful

So inspiring to hear what he went through to come to Israel. Such self sacrifice.. it should be an inspiration to us all - the challenges the Ethiopian jews faced when they came to the land - yet that didn''''t stop them from coming. They have simple faith in G-D.

(70) Alejandro Levy, October 29, 2008 9:07 AM

Jerusalem is our eternal source of energy

I keep asking myself, why can people in Israel not see what we Jews in the Diaspora see? Perhaps we should exchange places with them, therefore, they will have once again love for our State. We need more Jewish immigrants to recharge our Jewish heritage and our Zionism.

(69) leslie almond, October 29, 2008 8:28 AM

amazing truly amazing

Wow what a great story

(68) Philip, October 29, 2008 3:12 AM

A wonderful story

I find it amazing that in this terrible world there are still some fantastic, heroic people.

(67) Prahaladan (David Malekum), October 29, 2008 12:46 AM

Amazing!

So Inspiring ...

(66) diane, October 28, 2008 9:35 PM

Inspiring

to think what people (can) do even in their grief.............. helping, caring, sharing , giving....

(65) Marcela, October 28, 2008 9:31 PM

Proud to be jew!!

(64) s.schwartz, October 28, 2008 8:12 PM

This is a very beautiful film. I am so touched after seeing it.

(63) Cara G., October 28, 2008 8:01 PM

Wow. That is really cool that you traveled all the way from Ethiopia to Israel! I think that makes a really good story to tell...I bet you tell it to everyone you meet!

(62) Anonymous, October 28, 2008 7:20 PM

His faith humbles me.

In today''s concern for falling stock markets and bank failures, it is good to hear of true wealth: unquestionable faith in God.
Thank you for sharing this hero''s epic with us.
Yehudit

(61) Anonymous, October 28, 2008 6:51 PM

A True Achiever

Too often in Western society we take our freedoms for granted. Kol Ha'Kovod for what he has achieved! He is a true gadol

(60) Willy Halpert, October 28, 2008 5:00 PM

We need to show to the world this and other great deeds in Israel.

We must bring the inspiring humanistic message of Israel and how no one remains, unlike our neighbors, a refugee in Israel desapite having left all their earthly belongings in the countries most had to leave. Put it all on Utube. We need to reach the world's youth who are being misinformed by their local media.

(59) Betty IK, October 28, 2008 3:51 PM

Very moving, very inspiring, very humbling.

(58) George Frehden, October 28, 2008 12:42 PM

We all , survivers of the families face holocausts came from jewish heros

I have to congratulate another jewish hero! he is hero because other unknown heros lost their lie for jewish cause. let to bring our estim and remember love to them. We have not to forget other category of jewish heros, The Heros came from mixt families , also unknown heros, who bring a serious cotribution to the jewish existential life. let them to be our heros too.

(57) shmuel, October 28, 2008 12:31 PM

something everybody all around the world should see

(56) daryl(mrs), October 28, 2008 9:36 AM

inspiring

I am a Hebrew teacher and teach jewish heroes. Found this video to be a great teaching tool

(55) Anonymous, October 28, 2008 9:10 AM

proof of what people have done to be Jewish.

What an articulate young man. May he have infuence in the to help all the minorities in Israel, who have faloen in the cracks! May father many children as wonderful as he.

(54) Tiby Eilen, October 28, 2008 8:23 AM

Wish he would communicate his success to Muslims.

You demonstrated such an incredible drive. I revel in your success. Wish that your accomplishments could be shared with Muslims who sought to murder you, even before they knew you were Jewish.

(53) Anonymous, October 28, 2008 4:27 AM

Ilove Israel

Thanks for the inspiring story from Knesset. I am from Africa, I wish I could come from Israel too, Israel is very special

(52) Robert M. Miller, October 27, 2008 11:12 PM

we need more jews!

This underscores that we need more Jews from whatever background they come. When someone wants to become Jewish we must work hard to welcome him or her into our family. Their degree of observance can be enhanced as they progress through their Jewish life. We must not keep people out because their level of observance at the entrance point is not that of a haredi. We must welcome them if we believe they are sincere in being Jewish. Orthodox observant Jews can then help them increase their observancy with honey not threats, but with loving guidance to whatever level the new Jew can achieve.

(51) phyllis, October 27, 2008 11:09 PM

a refreshing breeze in this time of world turmoil

this was a most imsiring look into the future of our homeland. a young man with such drive and courage. he will bring to the knesset a fresh new outlook and the desire to strenghten the foundation of israel.. thank you for sharing this.. it renews my hopes and nurishes my love for israel!

(50) Faith Aronoff, October 27, 2008 10:02 PM

AM ISRAEL CHAI

What a beautiful story - amazing - so inspiring! It makes me realize how much we take for granted. The nesharim of the Ethiopian Jews is heart-warming! What they endured to get to the Promised Land is incredible. And thank G-d for Israel and the IDF! G-d Bless Them!

(49) Hayden, October 27, 2008 9:08 PM

Judaism in Ethiopia

It is quite touching. Islam is very bellicose and very different from Judaism

(48) Monika, October 27, 2008 5:31 PM

courageous

What a great and courageous guy. May G'd bless him. His life is really inspiring

(47) cassia margolis, October 27, 2008 5:18 PM

apreciate the captioning

I really appreciate that this is captioned so that my deaf family members can enjoy it! Thanks!

(46) Karl Kaplan, October 27, 2008 4:31 PM

We salute Ethiopian JEWS

Because of this story and all we have heard and our meetings in Israel, we have determined to channel our contributions (meager as they are) to those in Israel and Ethiopia.

(45) tova wald, October 27, 2008 4:00 PM

What happened to the rest of the story

I hung on every word and felt this person is out of the ordinary. We heard and observed on the video about a rmarkable event that took place in the past. It shows strength and perseverance even far back as a youth. But what was missing, it seems to me, was knowing about his life today, his work at the Knesset...no doubt he must be prowd to be serving as a member. Is it still possible to get this into the video? I hope so. .

(44) Laura H, October 27, 2008 3:51 PM

HESED

This the film of of a person's faith, love and perserverance. G-d's promise and consistence hesed and love of His people, the Jewish people is everlasting. Shalom. Return Home. Make Aliyah Today.

(43) leonard kaminker, October 27, 2008 3:49 PM

magnificent-inspirational -a lesson of determination

we need more of these dedicated, devoted young people

(42) anonimous, October 27, 2008 3:47 PM

Great & very touching

Apart from the fact that he must have seen a leopard and not a tiger,(There are no Tigers in Africa)ther relevance of the story is that of love and dedication to his country and a srong drive to self empowerment

(41) zak1941 - POLAND, October 27, 2008 3:37 PM

To da raba from Poland...

Im very glad! Viva Izrael !!!!!

(40) helen ritman, October 27, 2008 2:26 PM

I WAS SO MOVED BY THIS FILM

Thank you for this film. What a beautiful and touching story. I thank Hashem every day for having the zechut to live in a generation when we are all welcomed and protected by our wonderful Land of Israel.

(39) helen stone laor, October 27, 2008 1:47 PM

This is very moving. I know the plight of the Ethiopian Jews because I live in Israel and was here when the miracle of their return occurred. How-ever, how could they walk 780 km (in the desert) in one week? week?

(38) Reena Appelberg, October 27, 2008 1:17 PM

Ethiopia to Israel

I enjoyed very much this video, the gentlrman's wonderful story, the photos of the lands he crossed, and happy he arrived in Israel safe and sound, and joined with his family.

(37) Anonymous, October 27, 2008 12:57 PM

wow

if we all had to survive like this there would be a lot less people. I imagine he cherishes everyday like its a gift from g-d

(36) Anonymous, October 27, 2008 12:31 PM

Baruch HaBa!

Marvelous, inspiring survival story. I suspect this man would be an asset wherever he was -- assuming he was given the chance. A chance he got in Israel. Ethopia's loss, our gain!

(35) Penny Missirlian, October 27, 2008 12:08 PM

What a awesome story.

Another reason for Israel to stay strong and believe in Zionism!

(34) Renée E. Plenby, October 27, 2008 11:53 AM

I can't belive Shlomo made it to the knesset,kol hakavod!. We where studing together in Haifa. He was a good student and a sympatic person.I am not living in Israel now, but I am seeing this clip in Norway thru aish.com. webside. If you see this message Shlomo, take care and good luck from Norway! Warm greetings from Renée

(33) Ian, October 27, 2008 11:35 AM

What an inspiring story

This is an amazing and inspiring story. What a gift to the Jews of the world to have Israel, where we can be free to achieve all that we are able. I am especially touched that Jews from Ethopia and elsewhere give Jews and the Jewish message, Judiasm, a multi-ethnic and therefore universal aspect. I believe that Jews should welcome everyone who wishes to live, learn and teach the Torah. Shalom

(32) Anonymous, October 27, 2008 11:01 AM

Its inspiratioal

Do you have extended videos that can be shown in public, to present this picture of Israel?

(31) Ignacio, October 27, 2008 10:33 AM

More and more so I realize, real life dramas are so far astonishing than any fiction. Even more so when someone overcomes impossible odds but only through the grace of the Eternal One. Even then, it is He who exceeds above and beyond any expectation, the Only One who can take perhaps one the most primitive uneducated people on earth and transform them to the level of one of the mosy advanced and unique nations on the planet. Moving, riveting and almost unbelievable.

(30) donald, October 27, 2008 10:18 AM

israel

israel is the root of the tree of life.

(29) Anonymous, October 27, 2008 10:14 AM

Very impressive

My respect for Shlomo Mula and for the State of Israel they both are the model of the Democratic world and to Shlomo and all the people like him, thank you for the great example you gave us.

(28) Vicki, October 27, 2008 10:08 AM

tigers and leopards

In Israel, the word for "tiger" and "leopard" are interchangeable. There are certainly leopards in Africa.

(27) Don Rosenthal, October 27, 2008 10:03 AM

Welcoming Cousins

The Beta Israel of Ethiopia are our relatives. And as such, are not just "Jews" returning to their home land, but should be welcomed, assisted, supported, and loved as long lost family, returning to "our" home. They are us and we them....

(26) elisheva, October 27, 2008 10:02 AM

Kol hakavod

Your story fills me w hope that one day soon all of us Latin American Jews will one day soon inhabit the Negev as the prophecy states. I have faith and hope that i am still living to see that day come true. Your courageous journey was well worth it.

(25) laura, October 27, 2008 9:51 AM

A story of courage, hope, faith, tenacity

Clearly, from this we see that we can achieve so much... it does take hard work, but in america we have so much, so many resources, we only lack courage and faith. With courage and faith we can achieve so much for our fellow Jews, for ourselves, for Am Yisroel. Keep G-d at the center of all we do and we will succeed! May we all merit to come home to Israel soon. May we have shalom amongst all Jews, where ever we are in the World, may we always be unified as one People, under G-d!

(24) Mark Silver, October 27, 2008 5:56 AM

There are tigers in Africa

Dietmar, Tigers are from Africa or India, just like elephants, monkeys and many other animals.

(23) Yehuda Shapiro, October 27, 2008 1:12 AM

Kol hakavod to Shlomo Mula

Kol hakavod to Shlomo Mula and to the other Ethiopian Jews who endured so much to stay Jewish and to make aliyah under such difficult circumstances. And kol hakavod to Aish for telling Shlomo Mula's story. May it become well known among the Jewish people and throughout the world.

(22) Anonymous, October 26, 2008 11:34 PM

Important Lesson

This is so important for every Jew to know and understand about the Ethiopians in Israel and those still in Ethiopia. Amazing story and amazing person. I recommend this video to everyone who wants to learn more about the real people of Israel.

(21) Dietmar, October 26, 2008 9:18 PM

Great story, but since when are tigers in Africa?

This is an amazing story. I am only disturbed by the statement that he met tigers in Africa. As far as I know there are no tigers in Africa.

(20) Devora Eden, October 26, 2008 8:14 PM

How the Soul Yearning to return home inspires.

We must be totally moved by this trek toward Home. A human who has done this is remarkable for his strength of purpose despite the harrowing journey. I honor him, and the others who survived and thrived.

(19) Hadassah, October 26, 2008 7:30 PM

Inspiring, fascinating

What an amazing tale. I've heard the general story of Etheopian Jewry, but never in such detail and with a face attached. Yashar Koach for your accomplishments- you and your community are an inspiration to every Jew.

(18) Tzporah Adar, October 26, 2008 6:56 PM

Fantastic

What an amazing story of faith, courage and love!

(17) ruth housman, October 26, 2008 6:39 PM

the amazing journey!

What an incredible story of a journey, through hardship, through the desert, to a new land. I found this very inspiring. Sadly some did not make it. I saw a movie recently about Operation Solomon. We are all of us deeply connected to each other and here in this video that is so much a soul adventure is something of great wonder.

(16) Deborah, October 26, 2008 5:45 PM

Beautiful story which will hopefully be told for generations.

(15) Anonymous, October 26, 2008 4:29 PM

Extraordinaire. Courageux Que D... protège le peuple d'Israêl.

(14) David Most, October 26, 2008 3:48 PM

Fit for a great film

That this kind of miracle can happen is only thanks to the existence of the State of Israel. Truly a remarkable story.

(13) ya'akov, October 26, 2008 3:38 PM

wow, who played the flute in the beginning?

this is a fine video. can you pls tell us who played the flute in the beginning? is it a cd? also, i hope you can show us more about the traditional jewish culture in ethiopia that we saw in some of the photos. this man and his friends..amazing courage. and you don't hear bitterness in him re his friend who was killed z'l. thanks for posting this.

(12) Wayne, October 26, 2008 2:39 PM

Wow!!!!!

Simply Amazing. Kiddush Hashem!!!! Wayne

(11) Lilian, October 26, 2008 1:30 PM

what a great story!!!! good for him

I loved the story!!!!! what courage , congratulations!!!!

(10) Farrah, October 26, 2008 1:15 PM

Fascinating

Loved it....

(9) David Ptito, October 26, 2008 12:27 PM

yes, right amazing....but still this community needs a lot of help, mainly teachers to elevate, create, promte the potential of a lot, lot of this wonderful people.

(8) jeannie, October 26, 2008 12:12 PM

wao!!

just incredible story!, please share more of those.

(7) Cynthia Cuomo, October 26, 2008 11:57 AM

Hard start- beautiful ending!

This story is so very inspirational-Show,s you that this man,s will,was so very strong, and determined,that no matter,how tough his trials and tribulations,he made it to "the promised land!" He followed GOD,S map,and his heart,an amazingly courageos man. Would like to read more of a follow up,as to whether,he married,has children,and what his life is like presently... beautiful story!

(6) Nadene Godlfoot, October 26, 2008 11:32 AM

Operation Solomon 1984

I was in Tzfat when Operation Solomon happened. People moved in right across the street from me. At the time Tzfat happened to have a lot of empty apartments. When the Russians came, they were sent to the South as appartments were available there at the time. It didn't take long for The Ethiopian Jews to acclimate and learn to maneuver in supermarkets, etc. They put on a lovely art show of things they had crafted. This is wonderful that progress continues and they are doing so well in Israel.

(5) Tziry Plotkin, October 26, 2008 11:03 AM

What an inspiring story of faith and human courage...this is a testimony to our great nation and teaches us that anything is possible. Thanks for sharing!

(4) keter, October 26, 2008 10:55 AM

great story.

(3) Betty Swirsky, October 26, 2008 10:41 AM

Comment

What an amazing story of faith, love for country,Zionism and resoursfulness. So proud and wonderful people. Shalom to all.

(2) Devorah, October 26, 2008 10:33 AM

WOW!!!!

very very touching!!! just comes to show...when there's a will, there's a way. yashar ko'ack!

(1) Barbara, October 26, 2008 6:13 AM

Incredible!!! Show us more!

Awesome - thank you!! Please show us more!

 

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