Theodore Herzl began the modern Zionist movement with a practical goal of creating a Jewish State through political means. Early Zionists aimed to return the Jewish people to their homeland, the land of Israel. Herzl traveled from country to country, speaking to world leaders, influential Jews, and the Jewish community.
God wrote, “You shall possess the Land and you shall settle in it, for to you have I given the land to possess it.” (Numbers 33:53) In his comments to this verse, Nachmanidies wrote, “In my opinion, this verse expresses a positive command. We are commanded to settle and dwell in the land for it was given to them, and we cannot reject (me’us) the nachalat Hashem (the portion of God).
The accusation that you can’t be a Zionist outside of Israel is often levied at Diaspora Jewry, but does the accusation have merit or does it misunderstand Zionism at its core? Understandably, many Diaspora Zionists find the notion that their Zionism is lacking because they don’t live in Israel to be offensive. Diaspora Zionists believe in Zionism’s principles and love Israel and her people just as much as anyone living in Israel, so why should their Zionism be discounted?
Every day since I’ve moved to Israel almost 8 years ago I’ve counted every day I’ve been blessed to live in Israel and on many days I post that day’s number with the hashtag #Livingthedream. Living in Eretz Yisrael isn’t only my dream, but it was my ancestor’s dream as well. I’ve tried to understand Eretz Yisrael and what makes living in Israel so special.Today’s Israel is a truly unique place. It is the only country in the world that hosts an ancient people who once called their land home, were exiled, and has now returned to its ancestral homeland to restart its nation. I’d like to recount three short stories to explain what I think makes this land so special – the people.
On March 24, 2022, in accordance with the Israeli government's policy to strengthen the Negev and Galil and to encourage Aliyah, the Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption (Misrad Haklita), approved Directive 411, to offer grants for healthcare professionals and engineers who make Aliyah and work in the Negev or Galil regions.
Zionism isn’t just a Jewish movement – it is a movement that contributed to the benefit of the entire world. The identity of the earliest Zionists is a matter of debate; many consider Abraham following God’s command to “Go from your birthland to a different land,” to be the seminal moment of Zionism, others point to the first Zionist Conference in Basel, Switzerland to be the start of Zionism. Those moments focused on bringing the Jewish people to Eretz Yisrael, but the movement itself was never designed to only assist the Jewish people. Zionism raised the level of social rights, justice and morality in the world.
Today’s Israel is a truly unique place. It is the only country in the world that hosts an ancient people who once called their land home, were exiled, and has now returned to its ancestral homeland to restart its nation. I’d like to recount three short stories to explain what I think makes this land so special – the people.
Gadi Last is licensed in Israel as an Investment, Insurance and Pensions Broker, and has over 15 years’ worth of experience in assisting people with their financial and investment needs in Israel and overseas. His work focuses on helping English-speaking Olim make effective and efficient decisions when it comes to their (insurance,) pensions and investments, and specializes on helping US-citizens to save and invest in Israel