[Sephardic Hebrew, English ah-lee-ah; for 1 also Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-lee-aw or, English, uh-lee-uh]
- 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.
Origin of aliyah
From the Hebrew: word ʿăliyyāh literally, ascent, rise
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- (aliˈja) plural -yoth (-ˈjɒt) immigration to the Holy Land
- (əˈliːə) the honour of being called to read from the Torah
from Hebrew, literally: act of going up, ascent
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