The Importance of Moving to Eretz Yisrael: Why This is The Greatest Thing in the World

If you are Jewish then, whether you are religious or not, the Land of Israel holds a special place in your heart. Throughout the ages, our people have longed to come to the Holy Land and settle here, coming back time and again after the exile.

It’s not for nothing, whether the reason is genetic, spiritual, or emotional, we all love the Land of Israel and want to, one day, move here. Somehow, every Jewish soul feels attached to Israel, but what is this drive about? How can we understand it?

Here in this article, we will explore a few aspects of moving to Israel, from a political and economic point of view, as well as religious ones.

Economic and social reasons

Since the beginning of the Corona pandemic and now with the war in Ukraine, the world has been in turmoil. Uncertainties and dangers are on the rise and many people fear what will be in the near future.

Yet, Israel has one of the most stable and advanced economies in the world. Contrary to the rest of the world, it’s already on its way to recovery from the pandemic crisis. It’s home to the highest number of start-ups per capita and its unemployment rate is one of the lowest among the nations.

So, if someone ever asks you “how are you going to make ends meet there”, don’t worry because everyone ends up finding something to sustain himself, as we explained in our previous article here.

Also, despite news and gossip about terrorism, Israel is without a doubt one of the safest places to be. We are not even talking about the obvious land advantage of not having volcanoes, tornados, or other natural disasters. The death rate in 2021 was as low as 5.2 deaths per 1.000 inhabitants (174th in the world), and life expectancy is on average 82.7 years, the 8th highest in the world! Terrorism in Israel is still a lower cause of concern than the mafias in Italy, the Yakuza of Japan, and heart problems in the US.

This is a place where miracles happen on a daily basis. Sure, sometimes it’s not easy sometimes but, as our sages say in the Talmud (Brachot 36) “The Land of Israel lacks nothing”!

We also see that Israel also boasts a unique symbiotic environment in which we all respect and help each other, whether you are religious or not.

This might come from the ancient Talmudic teaching (Tractate Sanhedrin 49a) which states:

“Were it not for David who sat and occupied himself with Torah, Yoav ben Tzeruyah (David’s nephew) would not have been victorious in war. And, were it not for Yoav who fought the battles, David would not have been able to sit and occupy himself with Torah.”

Religious reasons

Of course, this article would obviously be incomplete without mentioning the spiritual aspects of living in Israel. This is, after all, the destiny of all Jews with the coming Geulah (Redemption).

One of the greatest Mitzvot (commandments) written in the Torah is that of living in the Land of Israel, as it’s written:

And Hashem your G-d will bring you to the Land that your forefathers possessed and you shall possess it… And Hashem your G-d will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, to love Hashem your G-d with all your heart and with all your soul that you may live. (Devarim 30:5-6)

Our rabbis of blessed memory immensely praised this Mitzvah of living in Israel. The Ramban, one of the most important commentaries from the Middle Ages, discusses this obligation at length in his Sefer Hamitzvos:

“We are commanded to take possession of the Land G-d gave to our forefathers, Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov. We must not leave it to others or in desolation, as G-d told them: ‘And you will take possession of the Land, for I gave the Land to you to possess. And you will settle the Land which I promised to your father’.

He further explains that we may not relinquish the Land to any nation at any point in time.

“If any nation should flee the Land…we are commanded to conquer those cities and settle our tribes therein. Indeed, after we have destroyed the other nations if our tribes should wish to leave the Land and go conquer other lands, they are not permitted to do so. This is because we were commanded to conquer the Land and live in it – and this applies throughout all the generations.”

None less than R’ Chaim Ibn Attar (the Or HaChaim HaKadosh, Devarim 30:20) explains that settling Eretz Israel is a Mitzvah that encompasses all of the Torah! This idea is also brought in Sifrei (Parshat Re’eh) in a similar vein. There it’s written that “Dwelling in Eretz Israel is the equivalent of all the Mitzvot in the Torah”. This is quite a motivation!

Concluding Remarks

Coming to Eretz Yisrael is, without a doubt, the greatest and most beneficial move a person will ever make. We feel in our blood that this is where we belong and where we achieve our full potential. The Zohar HaKadosh (Shemot 151) explains that “even the dead of Eretz Israel meet their death at the hands of an angel of mercy who reigns in Eretz Israel”.

And, of course, Paveway is here to assist you in everything you may need. We are working our best to bring as many people as possible to Eretz Yisrael and you could be the next one!

Contact us to see how we can make your Aliyah a lot easier!

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“In Israel, they are one nation, and not outside of it.” (Zohar haKaddosh Emor, 93)

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