Making Aliyah. What is Aliyah?
Hebrew: מהי עלייה לארץ ישראל
Aliyah. What is Aliyah? The word Aliyah literally means to “go up”. It also refers to the process of immigration to Eretz Yisrael – The promised land of Israel.
The word “Aliyah” is also used in reference to Jewish prayer services, where a man is called and “goes up” to read and bless a portion of the Jewish law in the synagogue. We are not going to be discussing this aspect of Aliyah. If you are reading this article, you are probably considering making Aliyah to Israel, have just made aliyah to Israel, planning a visit, a pilot trip or are just interested in the culture and Israeli life-style.
No matter who you are and what your interest in Israel is, there are a number of aspects, concepts and terminology used when discussing Aliyah and living in Israel.
Aliyah is a process and it is used in conjunction with the Hebrew word “Klitah” absorption and acculturation. A successful Aliyah means that you have successfully been absorbed, and integrated into Israeli society and life-style.