El Arish Stone - Almost forgotten, in the tiny museum of Isma’ilya, some 125 km northeast of Cairo, is an artifact that corroborates the Biblical Exodus. The museum curator does not realize its significance. It’s known as the “El Arish Stone”.
Pictured on this New Years card is the “illegal” immigration ship The Exodus 1947. The Exodus 1947 attempted to bring Jewish survivors to Ertetz Israel in 1947, only to be turned back to Europe by the British Mandate authorities and sent to Displaced Persons’ camps in Germany. The Exodus 1947 became an international symbol of the need for free Jewish immigration to Eretz Israel. The refugees remained in the camps until 1948, when the State of Israel was established.
The value of the Exodus story isn’t in its romanticism. It is in the impact it had on Jews around the world in understanding the need for a Jewish state, the fulfillment of the ancient dream that would soon become reality.