A Jewish holiday that is observed by millions around the world, Yom HaAliyah is an official holiday in Israel. It is celebrated on the 10th of the Hebrew month of Nisan and also observed on the 7th of Cheshvan – the latter being a school celebration. It is a celebration of the Jewish people entering the Land of Israel as written in the Hebrew Bible. It is a significant day for many, so let’s find out more.
What Is The History Of Yom HaAliyah?
Sometimes known as immigration day, Yom HaAliyah marked the first mass immigration after they left an exodus from Egypt and moved into Israel, a safe place for the Jewish community.
It was in 2012 that the celebration was first conceived, but it wasn’t until 2016 that it was approved as a National Day of the year. It was in the Book of Joshua (4:19) that Joshua and the Israelites took the Ark of the Covenant across the River Jordan.
This is thought to be the first great aliyah, back in 1272 BCE. There are other significant meanings behind the day of the 10 Nisan. This is the date that Moses’ sister Miriam passed away. Also, 10 Nisan marks the first Shabbat HaGadol.
How To Observe Yom HaAliyah
The easiest way to observe this important day is to learn more about the history of the day. The mass immigration marks a day that recognizes Israel as a safe place for the Jewish community.
Why not read the Torah portion Lech-Lecha, as this is what is read in synagogues on 7 Cheshvan when Alliyah Day is observed in schools? Otherwise, the hashtag #YomHaAliyah is a good way of getting involved and finding out how the community observes the day.
This can be a good way of spreading the word so others can acknowledge the importance of Yom HaAliyah around the world.