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Yom Ha Aliyah
Aliyah
( Aliyah
Aliyah
Day) (Hebrew: יום העלייה‎) is an Israeli national holiday celebrated annually on the tenth of the Hebrew
Hebrew
month of Nisan
Nisan
and also observed on the seventh of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, to commemorate the historic events of the Jewish People entering the Land of Israel
Israel
as written in the Bible, which happened on the tenth of the Hebrew
Hebrew
month of Nisan
Nisan
(Hebrew: י’ ניסן‎).[1] The holiday was established to acknowledge Aliyah, immigration to the Jewish state, as a core value of the State of Israel, and honor the ongoing contributions of Olim ("immigrants") to Israeli society.[2]

Contents

1 History 2 Significance 3 See also 4 References

History[edit]

Joshua
Joshua
Leading the Israelites
Israelites
Across the Jordan on 10th of Nisan, Benjamin West

Yom HaAliyah, as a modern holiday celebration, began in 2012 as a grassroots community initiative and young Olim movement in Tel Aviv, spearheaded by the TLV Internationals organization of the Am Yisrael Foundation.[3] On June 21, 2016 the Twentieth Knesset
Twentieth Knesset
voted in favor of codifying the grassroots initiative into law by officially adding Yom Ha Aliyah
Aliyah
to the Israeli national calendar.[4] The Yom HaAliyah bill[5] was co-sponsored by Knesset
Knesset
members from different parties in a rare instance of cooperation across the political spectrum of the opposition and coalition.[6] Among those who worked on the Yom Ha Aliyah
Aliyah
bill were Miki Zohar of Likud, Hilik Bar
Hilik Bar
of Israeli Labor Party, and Michael Oren
Michael Oren
of Kulanu.[7] Similar bills were proposed in other failed forms by Members of Knesset
Knesset
in previous Knesset
Knesset
sessions; Yoel Razvozov, Robert Ilatov, Avraham Neguise, Gila Gamliel, and Ya'akov Katz.[8] Significance[edit] The original day chosen for Yom HaAliyah, the tenth of Nisan, is laden with symbolism. On that day, according to the biblical narrative in the Book of Joshua, Joshua
Joshua
and the Israelites
Israelites
crossed the Jordan River at Gilgal
Gilgal
into the Promised Land
Promised Land
while carrying the Ark of the Covenant. It was thus the first documented “mass Aliyah.”[9] As the tenth of Nisan
Nisan
occurs a few days before the Passover
Passover
holiday, when Israeli schools are not in session, the school system will also honor Aliyah
Aliyah
on the seventh of the Hebrew
Hebrew
month of Cheshvan. That date is also symbolic as the Torah
Torah
portion read out in synagogues that week, Lekh Lekha, relates the story of how the biblical patriarch Abraham
Abraham
is ordered by God to leave his home and his family and go up to the Land of Israel. This is also the day that the additional prayer for rain is added into the Amidah, and recited 3 times a day by Jews in Israel.[10] Jay M. Shultz President of the Am Yisrael Foundation, the driving force behind the creation of Yom HaAliyah, believes that the holiday will enable Jews "to connect the Biblical historical truth of Joshua crossing the Jordan to our modern practical reality."[6] See also[edit]

Public holidays in Israel Culture of Israel Jewish holidays Aliyah

References[edit]

^ "Government to pass new holiday: ' Aliyah
Aliyah
Day'". Ynetnews. Retrieved 2017-04-23.  ^ " Knesset
Knesset
Proposes Aliyah
Aliyah
Holiday Bill". Israel
Israel
National News. Retrieved 2017-04-23.  ^ "Yom HaAliyah: They made a day for us!". JNS.org. Retrieved 2017-04-23.  ^ "New national holiday in Israel". J-Wire. 2016-06-21. Retrieved 2017-04-23.  ^ "חוק יום העלייה – ויקיטקסט". he.wikisource.org. Retrieved 2016-11-08.  ^ a b Klein, Steven (2016-06-24). "Rank and File: Aliyah
Aliyah
Day Becomes Official Holiday". Haaretz. Retrieved 2017-04-23.  ^ " Israel
Israel
approves holiday to celebrate contribution of immigrants". Jewish News. Retrieved 2017-04-23.  ^ http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Bill-seeks-to-establish-national-Aliya-Day-345758 ^ "Yehoshua - Joshua
Joshua
- Chapter 4". www.chabad.org. Retrieved 2017-04-23.  ^ "Barech Aleinu". Halachipedia. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 

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