Jacob Sheep One Step Closer To Returning To Israel
The Times of Israel reported yesterday that the Jacob sheep are one step closer to returning to their Biblical homeland of Israel. The flock is owned by Gil and Jenna Lewinsky.
Gil Lewinsky told The Times of Israel reporter Melanie Lidman yesterday that “El Al airlines had agreed to subsidize approximately 90 percent of the cost of bringing the heritage sheep in special cargo boxes.”
Once the sheep arrive in Israel, they need to find a permanent location to live. "The Lewinskys are still working to secure land, likely in the Golan Heights, where they hope to house them in an educational farm that will be open to visits from the public,” according to the Times of Israel article.
Their story was discussed in a previous Logos Post article. Several major news outlets have carried this story including the New York Times, CBC (The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and the Times of Israel.
The venture has met with the approval of the Israeli Embassy in Ottowa, Canada. Several Jewish Rabbis blessed the project as well. “Ashdod Rabbinical Sage Amram Vaknin has called the return of the Jacob sheep ‘a highest mitzvah’ and wishes to be there to bless their return,” according to a press release from the Friends of The Jacob Sheep Non-profit Organization. “In late 2015, Chabad local emissary Rabbi Falik Schtroks visited the Jacob Sheep flock for Parasha Veyetzei to deliver a sermon and wished them a steady return to the land of Israel."
Part of what makes this story so amazing is that this a very rare, ancient breed of sheep. In fact, it is the same breed of sheep that Jacob owned in the Book of Genesis.
"Scientifically the Jacob has been found to be one of the oldest breeds of sheep in existence today with a strong genetic component from what is today Syria," according the Foundation's website.
The sheep first have to travel from their farm in British Columbia to Toronto, Canada where they will board their flight. The sheep are scheduled to make the journey from Toronto, Canada to Tel Aviv, Israel sometime later this summer.
(Photos obtained from Friends of the Jacob Sheep Website)