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aliyah

[Sephardic Hebrew, English ah-lee-ah; for 1 also Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-lee-aw or, English, uh-lee-uh]
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noun, plural a·li·yahs, a·li·yos [ah-lee-yahz; for 1 also Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-lee-awz or, English, uh-lee-uh z] /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/.
  1. the act of proceeding to the reading table in a synagogue for the reading of a portion from the Torah.
  2. the immigration of Jews to Israel, either as individuals or in groups.
  3. 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
  1. (aliˈja) plural -yoth (-ˈjɒt) immigration to the Holy Land
  2. (əˈliːə) the honour of being called to read from the Torah
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Word Origin

from Hebrew, literally: act of going up, ascent
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