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aliyah Syllabification: a·li·yah
Pronunciation: /əˈlēə/

Definition of aliyah in English:

noun (plural aliyothˌälēˈōt)

1Immigration to Israel: students making aliyah
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  • When we heard about the Foundation, whose goal was to assist North American Jews in making aliyah, we immediately applied.
  • Some families plan for years before making aliyah.
  • Almost two years after making aliyah, I gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby - but who weighed just over three pounds.
2The honor of being called upon to read from the Torah: I was called up for an aliyah
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  • Why am I not insulted that Jewish religious law does not count me as part of a prayer-quorum, or allow me to be publicly called to the Torah for an aliyah?
  • We broke through all the stereotypes, all the barriers, and we all experienced a real aliyah together.
  • The first aliyah of any day's reading is customarily reserved for a kohein, the second for a Levite, and priority for subsequent aliyoth is given to people celebrating major life events, such as marriage or the birth of a child.


From Hebrew ‘ăliyāh 'ascent'.

Words that rhyme with aliyah

Achaea, Almería, Apia, Bahía, Caesarea, Cassiopeia, Chaldea, Cytherea, Euboea, foreseer, freer, galleria, gynaecea, Iphigenia, Kampuchea, kea, keyer, Latakia, Leah, Lucia, Nicaea, Nicosia, onomatopoeia, Oriya, osteria, Pangaea, Pantelleria, pharmacopoeia, pizzeria, ria, rupiah, sangría, seer, sharia, Shia, skier, spiraea (US spirea), Tanzania, taqueria, Tarpeia, Thea, trachea, trattoria, urea
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