Some 3.5 million Jews have made Aliyah since 1948, making up 42 percent of the total population.
Established in 2016, Aliyah Day is celebrated on the seventh day of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, coinciding with the reading of the Torah portion in which Abraham is told by God to leave his home to go to Israel. The day is marked with celebrations in the Knesset, a special cabinet session, and events at the president’s residence, schools, and army and police facilities.
Even before Israel went into the Promised Land, Moses revealed to the Jews, the scattered, persecuted future that will be their lot as a result of the nations disobedience to God. God had revealed to Moses Israel’s entire history, fortunately, including the regathering of a scattered nation, and finally, the end of the story with their Messiah, Jesus, ruling and reigning from a restored Jerusalem.
“Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you, and you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you. If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. Then the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it.” Deuteronomy 30:1-3
The past year saw an increase in the number of Olim (someone who makes Aliyah) to Israel. Since the beginning of 2019, more than 28,000 new immigrants from all over the world immigrated to Israel and the positive trend continues. In 2018, 26,000 Olim came to Israel. The majority of Olim this year came from Russia and the Ukraine.
In 2019, over 70 years after the Holocaust, the world’s largest Jewish population lives in Israel. This figure represents 43 percent of world Jewry now back in their homeland as God prophesied.