April 19, 2019

Celebrating Israel’s Revival on Yom Ha’Aliyah

“I was born in Israel to parents who were also born in Israel. However my grandparents had the merit to make Aliyah to Israel.

Like many who are now reading this article, my grandparents left behind a house, a culture, and a language. Unfortunately, I will never experience the amazing challenge of liberating myself from exile and returning home to the promised land.

I will never deal with the difficulties of learning a new/old language and adapting to a new culture – an integral part of immigration.

The phenomenon of aliyah, which means to “arise to Israel,” began nearly 4,000 years ago.

Under divine command, the patriarch of the Jewish nation was called to “leave thy country, and thy people, and thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show you” as it states in the book of Genesis. He embarked on a long journey, a journey that has not yet come to an end.

It is not at all simple to leave a land of plenty and come to a land that seems lacking. However Abraham’s complete faith in making this huge step has deepened within our people the importance of taking this step ourselves. The essence of our life is here and this is where we can fulfill the aspiration to establish a “model society” as described by the Zionist visionary Theodor Herzl.”

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