Most of the time, when I write stories about rescues, it’s usually about dogs. But this time, I’ll be writing about a different kind of rescue. Israel undertook Operation Moses and Operation Solomon, in which they rescued tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews and brought them to Israel. Most, if any, didn’t even know the basics of a first-world society. They came from poverty and lived with little or nothing.
This handsome young man got on my bus yesterday. He was pleasant enough, but I knew little or nothing about him. When we later arrived at what Israel calls an Absorption Center, I found out just who he was.
He was an Ethiopian immigrant himself. He came to Israel with his brothers and sisters, and tragically lost his parents at a young age. Later, he launched himself into society, served in the army (it’s mandatory), and is now studying for a degree. It was an amazing tale. And while I don’t cry (it’s a man thing), his story could have brought a man to tears – of sadness and joy.
But why you ask, do I think he’s a prince and a hero? I’ll tell you why. When he arrives at the Absorption Center, the children (who are very much like he was) flock to him. He brings them joy. He speaks to them so they can understand. He plays with them. And all with a smile on his face. The children just light up when they see him. I can’t show you the pictures of the children, because they don’t want me to. But just visualize the wonder and excitement these poor immigrant children have when Uri visits. It’s a beautiful thing. And I would just bet they will grow up as wonderful as he did. In fact, I know they will.
So, that’s my story this week. I can’t add anything else to it, but this man is a Prince, and a hero to these immigrant children. And to me!