Beta Israel, means House of Israel, are Ethiopians who practice Judaism. They have also long been referred to as the Falasha, an Amharic ( Ethiopian main language) word for exile. Located in the Northern region of contemporary Ethiopia since their origin, the number of Beta Israel continuing to live in Ethiopia has declined as Israel welcomed them in the 1980s .
The rise of Beta Israel dates back to the reign of King Solomon and Queen Sheba of Ethiopia. When Sheba heard about the legendary wisdom of Solomon, the King of Israel, and decided to see him. Her visit resulted in her being lured into sleeping with the King, which resulted in the birth of their son, Menelik I. Upon reaching his manhood Prince Menelik I embarked on a journey to Israel to see his father. When he departed, Menelik I took with him the Ark of the Covenant which he had stolen from his father.
The Ark of the Covenant, one of the holiest objects of the Bible, was, according to the Bible, built under God’s instruction through Moses. The Ark carried inside of it two stones upon which were inscribed the Ten Commandments as well as Aaron’s rod and the Golden Pot of “Hidden” Manna. Upon its arrival in Axum, according to Beta Israel accounts, the Covenant was quickly concealed and to this day remains in Axum.
Now in modern day Israel more than 140,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel most of them are working in different sectors and different enviroment , one of them is Lt. Y where he will complete the military’s prestigious pilots course later this week, Army Radio announced on Tuesday. After 3 years of difficult intensive courses Lt.Y will serve as a pilot on IAF Jets.
”I’m sure he will absolutely make proud not only the community but whole of Israel” said Rafy Avram a resident in Tel Aviv .