“And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country.”
As tensions rise on Israel's borders, and our troops engage in operations against Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, the significance of the season and the timeless values we hold dear become even more urgent. It's hard to believe that the high holidays ended only two weeks ago. We may have left the High Holidays behind, but the lessons of renewal, introspection, and resilience must guide us now more than ever.
Yom Ha'Aliyah, celebrated on October 22nd, takes on a deeper, more immediate meaning this year in light of the war for our right to the land of Israel and our right to live a peaceful life. Instituted as a law in 2016, this holiday underscores the importance of Jewish immigration, now critically contributing to Israel's multicultural fabric amidst a precarious geopolitical landscape.
Aliyah—the act of 'ascent' or moving to Israel—has never been more relevant. Israel is made up of many 'Olim', or new immigrants. They are the essence of who Israel is. Each individual who makes this spiritual and physical journey strengthens the Israeli community. Take, for instance, Gila. She made Aliyah from France as a child, survived a terror attack, and has dealt with mental health struggles. Despite these challenges, she contributes to Israeli society by teaching art.
In light of recent events, supporting newcomers like Gila has never been more critical. Beyond material aid, we offer educational and mental health resources. With tensions escalating and thousands being evacuated from their homes in the south and in the northern regions, the need for such support is urgent.
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As our soldiers face escalating challenges and communities are being moved to safety, consider making a contribution that could save lives and fortify spirits. Click HERE to donate, and please earmark your gift for "Medical & Disaster Relief."
To learn more about our efforts to help new immigrants, visit: https://www.visionforisrael.com/en/project/assisting-new-immigrants.
“Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name"
As these uncertain times unfold, let's translate our lessons of resilience into meaningful actions, standing with those facing immediate challenges.
The essence of Aliyah—of rising, growing, and advancing—resonates deeply in these trying times.
Wishing you a season filled with purpose, and a year of actions that truly matter.
In His Service,
Barry & Batya