Can you tell me about the word Aliyah? In which part or Tora, Talmud or another book we can find the word? I am doing research about the use of this term in the Zionist literature.
The word Aliyah comes from the root meaning “going up” (la’alot). With regard to the Land of Israel, the Bible uses the expression of “going up” (Jer. 16:14-15), from which the Talmud derives that the Land of Israel is the ‘highest’ of lands (Kiddushin 69b). The Talmud therefore writes that a husband or wife is able to make his spouse accend with him to the Land of Israel (Ketubot 48a). These are the possible sources from which the term aliyah, going up (to Israel) was coined.