aliyah

[ Sephardic Hebrew, English ah-lee-ah; for 1 also Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-lee-aw or, English, uh-lee-uh ]
/ Sephardic Hebrew, English ˌɑ liˈɑ; for 1 also Ashkenazic Hebrew ɑˈli ɔ or, English, əˈli ə /

noun, plural a·li·yahs, a·li·yos [ah-lee-yahz; for 1 also Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-lee-awz or, English, uh-lee-uhz], /ˌɑ liˈyɑz; for 1 also Ashkenazic Hebrew ɑˈli ɔz or, English, əˈli əz/, a·li·yot [Sephardic Hebrew ah-lee-awt]. /Sephardic Hebrew ˌɑ liˈɔt/.

the act of proceeding to the reading table in a synagogue for the reading of a portion from the Torah.
the immigration of Jews to Israel, either as individuals or in groups.
any of the major waves of Jewish immigration to Palestine or Israel.

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Origin of aliyah

From the Hebrew word ʿăliyyāh, literally, “ascent, rise”
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aliyah

noun Judaism

(aliˈja) plural -yoth (-ˈjɒt) immigration to the Holy Land
(əˈliːə) the honour of being called to read from the Torah

Word Origin for aliyah

from Hebrew, literally: act of going up, ascent
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