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Is Aliyah part of the religion in some way?

Is it possible to say that the practice of making Aliyah is somehow part of the religion or part of our cultural traditions?

Where does the word for making Aliyah come from?

I ask this because I was pressed by some acquaintances who pointed out that they can’t just “get a passport” from another country “just like that” as if it was this unearned privilege I had.

I wasn’t sure why it bothered me. But I think, it would change the picture a lot if I could say “making Aliyah is part of my religion, and when you say it is some kind of privilege that should be abolished, you are really saying I shouldn’t be able to practice my religion (or Jewish cultural traditions)”

So, yes I am aware Israel has only existed for 75 years. However I suspect that the concept of Aliyah has existed much longer, and there was always the aspiration to make it. Not to mention Jews who migrated to Israel before it was a state and might have called it Aliyah.

So, what evidence is there—if any—for the argument that making Aliyah is part of Jewish religious practice or cultural tradition, and is an inextricable part of our religion and/or culture?

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