Israel, The promised land of milk and honey. The Jews from the 19th century came to a puerile land to establish farms and nurture the distant dream of a Jewish homeland, today, one of the reasons why Jewish Professionals are drawn to Israel is more likely because of the world-class Israeli industries.
If your mind is made up or still having second thoughts, moving to Israel or any country in that matter is not just a simple walk in the park. Every detail must be taken into consideration so that when you set foot in Israel you already have the idea of the best things to do if ever place in an unexpected circumstance.
Moving to a foreign land is one of the most difficult life changing experiences for anyone. Leaving friends, abandoning your job and career and the most difficult is learning a new language which you should not only understand, but must also speak. Multiply this by the number of members in the family making the move to Israel, and you have a recipe for lots of disasters. These are just some of the issues an Oleh (meaning “one who goes up”) must consider before making the trip. And, did I mention that people in Israel have to work on Sundays? Yes, in Israel Sunday is the first day of the workweek.
The continues move to Israel by Jews from across the world is referred to as Aliyah. The word Aliyah is derived from the verb “laalot” which means “to go up”, or “to ascend” in a positive spiritual sense. A person who makes Aliyah is called an Oleh, meaning “one who goes up”. An advance and immigration to Israel as a symbol of taking ones Jewish life to higher level.
The first Aliyah who came to Israel was anonymous pioneers whose primary goal is to escape persecution in Europe. They paid the highest price in sufferings and loss of life. They succeeded in starting some poor settlements but they were nowhere near establishing a community that could seriously be considered a Jewish homeland. The first two waves of immigration occurred in (1882 – 1914), the next three in (1919 – 39) and the sixth aliyah (1945 – 48) brought many Holocaust survivors.
Over the past decades, Aliyah still continues. In the 1990′s over 1 million Jews from the former Soviet Union went to Israel and were quickly absorbed into the economy. In July of 2002, a planeload of Jewish families from the United States, more 400 people, arrived in Israel — immigrants intending to make their homes in Eretz Israel.
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