Go On Aliya, Go On Aliya, We Won’t Shut Up Till You Go On Aliya!”
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“Go on Aliya, go on Aliya, we won’t shut up till you go on Aliya!”
We in Bnei Akiva have a motto that we constantly chant, “We beleive in the Torah, we beleive in Avoda, we beleive in Aliya, cause we are Bnei Akiva” I know its only three weeks in to the year but we really have to start brainwashing these chanichim in to making aliya. OK slightly sarcastic but it is one of our three main aims so lets start educating towards it. So why do it on this week?
This is the first source for Aliya in the Torah and Avraham was the first Jew who made Aliya (so as Avraham was quite a frum Jew I suppose he was the first BA nik). But ……….
But apart from G-d telling Avraham to make Aliya why else should we go to a country that has so many problems at the moment when we could very easily be good Jews in
You shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land and dwell there;
for I have given you the land to possess it.
The Ramban explains the pasuk as follows:
In my opinion this is a positive mitzvah commanding them to dwell in the land possess it, seeing that it had been given to them by Hashem and it was not fitting to spurn the inheritance of Hashem. Also, were they to consider going and conquering
So there is a Rishon (medeival commentator) who says there is a Mitzva to make Aliya and not only that, but also says you could be sinning by building up areas outside
· ‘The mitzvah of making aliyah doesn’t apply if the journey to get to
Rav Chaim Cohen
- ‘Possibly, although there are many mitzvot that once you are in
Israel, you should do; it is not a mitzvah to actually make aliyah.’
The reason is there are other Rishonim who disagree with the Ramban (Nachmanedes), everyone always says that the Rambam (Maimonedes) held it to not be a mitzvah but a basis in which everything is based from, but tachlis is he didn’t count it in his 613 count. Yes there are sources proving it one way and some the other but we hold there is a mitzvah and no one says its an Aveira, so what are we all doing here? Even the anti Zionist Rabbis in Hasmonean Jewish Grammar (Anti Zionist in the sense that they don’t support the state) end up living in
“Azzzzzz, why religious Zionist – if you are religious you are Zionist”
- Rav Bina
Ok so we know we have to make Aliya from a halachik perspective (according to Jewish law) but I don’t know about you but for me it is so much more than that. I would like to digress slightly to a recent story that happened to me. When getting a lift to Ben Gurion from Yeshiva we were driving through a certain part of Israel when the driver said “Do you know what happened here in Tanach?” to which I replied “Isn’t this where David fought Goliath?” and I was actually right and then it reminded me, how amazing is it that when you live in Israel just driving to the airport means that you are driving through Jewish History. So even putting aside any Halachik points, isn’t it well cool that by living in Israel today, you are living in the same place as Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’akov and also to be able to do something that the greatest Jew ever, Moshe Rabbeinu, wasn’t allowed to do.
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As you can see there are more than just the halachik reasons for making Aliya it is the country for the jews, it is that simple; if for no other reason other than eating in the warmth during sukkot rather than the cold.