November 8 marks Israel's first-ever Aliyah Day, a holiday celebrating those who immigrate to the Holy Land. In a discussion with Arutz Sheva's Shimon Cohen, Israel's Minister of Immigrant Absorption talks about how important immigration is to the Jewish state of the past, present, and future:
Israel will celebrate its first annual 'Aliyah Day' Tuesday. The event will begin with a special ceremony which will be attended by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, and Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver.
The purpose of Aliyah Day is to educate Israelis about the importance of aliyah (Jewish immigration to Israel from other countries).
Sofa Landver spoke with Arutz Sheva about the state of aliyah today, and how Israel is preparing to absorb immigrants from a diverse array of countries, including the Ukraine, France, and Belgium, among others.
Landver notes at the start that the role of the Ministry of Immigrant absorption is not only to handle and aid people who have already decided to make aliyah. It also includes encouraging Jews around the world to make Israel their home.
"It's a long process. We give a lot of help (to the immigrant) even before he arrives in Israel. We help him collect his belongings, with learning Hebrew, and we provide him with the documents necessary for absorption in Israel..."