Definition of aliyah in English:

aliyah

Syllabification: a·li·yah
Pronunciation: /ˌälēˈä
 
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noun (plural aliyoth /ˌälēˈōt/)

Judaism
  • 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.

Origin

from Hebrew ‘ăliyāh 'ascent'.

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