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Aliya: What’s it All About?

A new blog about Aliya and living in the land of Israel.

The Hebrew term “Aliya” literally means “elevation.” The term is widely used in the Jewish culture to describe being called up to recite the blessings on the Torah reading in the synagogue, as well as to describe immigration of Jewish people to the land of Israel. Each of these Aliya opportunities is considered to be a great honor.

In Jewish thought, the land of Israel is considered to be higher than the lands of the other nations. The diaspora is considered a punishment – banishment from our homeland, the special land singled out from among all others in the Bible and allocated by God himself for a nation which was also singled out for a special mission: to be a light unto the nations.

Some ponder the reason God Almighty would give this land, of all others, to the people that he loves so much. Could he not have picked one with at least some natural resources? The Arabs got the oil, the Africans precious stones and metals. What does the land of Israel have to offer?

With that in mind, the special connection of the people of Israel with their homeland is a phenomenon which is hard to explain in rational or pragmatic terms. But the fact remains that for 2000 years, the Jewish people retained their devotion to their land in a manner unique throughout all humanity. There is no other people in history that survived an exile for so long, while retaining their national identity and yearning to return to their homeland.

The Jewish people spread our in a diaspora which reached every location in the world. Three times every day, all through that time, we would turn towards the holy capital city, Jerusalem, and pray that God would have mercy on us and allow us to return to our land and rebuild our country and again live as a sovereign nation.

This new blog is about Aliya and living in the land. I will use this platform to share my own experiences and enthusiasm about this wonderful historic opportunity, as well as to discuss the unique challenges in making Aliyah and some practical aspects, in hopes of encouraging other Jews to make the move and return home to Israel.

Please feel free to ask questions.

About the Author: As a child David Ha'ivri made Aliya with his family from the US in 1978. Married, with 8 children, he lives in a small town in Samaria. He is the director of public diplomacy and communications for the Shomron Liaison Office. He works with GatherIsrael.com to promote Aliyah. He is social media master and strategic consultant. Follow David Ha'ivri's daily activity on Twitter @haivri.

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9 Responses to “Aliya: What’s it All About?”

  1. Great start for a new blog!!

  2. Joram Baruch says:

    My aliyah has been denied , first by the sochnoet , after they had me waiting for 9 month and today I got a letter from the min. hapnim, without a given reason,,, the reason the sochnoet gave me in the beginning was , that because they found out that I have been in a rehab for alcohol addiction, they did not wanted to handel my case anymore,, so even when you better your lifestyle for the better,, i have no criminal past, no debts , am a self employed entrepeneur..and very jewish and even have lived here before, speak perfect hebrew, have my own money, and go on..I am being denied by the ministery of interior for alyiah to ,, what is called ,, my homeland.

  3. Tamar Baruch says:

    yes I AGREE. INCREDIBLE.. if you really want this Joram you will get it ..

  4. Go for it Joram! DOn't give up

  5. Lior Hikrey says:

    i what to share your letter joram but how?

  6. Joram Baruch says:

    i will send you this ,to your mailbox and then youo can share it ,i hope

  7. Yochanan Mauritz Hummasti says:

    why this land? a land flowing with "milk and honey!" MILK AND HONEY? a euphemism for Blessing, a reminder of Devorah (equality and ascent to power, like stars which rule during the periods of "night") and David (humble origins like dust and sand which has been walked upon leaving [historical] footprints).

  8. Yochanan Mauritz Hummasti says:

    go to the Court and appeal the misrad hapnim's decision. the socnut y'hudit should have given you an isshur BECAUSE you went into rehab!!!!

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