National Aliyah Day

Posted On : Nov 14, 2017
By : OEUSA

Israel celebrated its second National Aliyah Day on Friday, October 27, 2017. Yes, that's right, Yom HaAliyah (Aliyah Day) is an Israeli national holiday celebrated annually on the seventh of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. This celebration 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 (Jewish Immigrants of Israel) to Israeli society.

After receiving millions of Olim since the founding of the State on May 14, 1948, the Israeli government instituted a national holiday to commemorate this incredible event, calling it Aliyah Day!

The significance of Aliyah Day being celebrated on the 7th of Cheshvan is that Jews all over the world are reading Genesis 12 from their weekly Torah portion, where God commands them (Abraham's descendants) to…

"Get out of your country, from your family and your father's house, and go to a Land that I will show you..." Genesis 12:1

Steven Harper
Communications Specialist