The Blue Mountain – links

The Blue Mountain
by Meir Shalev
1988 / 377 pages
rating 10
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Aliyah  is the immigration of Jews to the Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael). It is one of the most basic tenets of Zionist ideology. The opposite action, emigration from Israel, is referred to as yerida(“descent”).[1] The return to the Holy Land has been a Jewish aspiration since the Babylonian exile. Large scale immigration toEretz Israel and later Israel began in 1882.[2]

The Second Aliyah was an important and highly influential aliyah that took place between 1904 and 1914, during which approximately 40,000 Jews immigrated into Ottoman Palestine, mostly from the Russian Empire[1], some from Yemen.

The prime cause for the aliyah was mounting antisemitism in Russia and pogroms in the Pale of Settlement, notably theKishinev Pogrom and the Pogroms that attended the 1905 Russian Revolution.

Although the aliyah contributed to Jewish settlement in Palestine in many ways, many see it as a failure, as nearly half of the immigrants left Palestine by the time World War I started.

Jezreel Valley


is a type of Israeli town or settlement, in particular a type of cooperative agricultural community of individual farms pioneered by the Labour Zionists during the second aliyah(wave of Jewish immigration during the early 20th century). A resident or a member of a moshav can be called a “moshavnik” (מוֹשַׁבְנִיק).

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