Definition of aliyah in English:


nounplural noun aliyoth/ˌälēˈōt/

  • 1Immigration to Israel.

    ‘students making aliyah’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was professor at the University of California, Berkeley, until making aliyah in 1966.’
    • ‘They were married in 1977, and the next year came on aliyah to Israel, settling four years later in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City.’
    • ‘The author made aliyah to Israel with her family nearly five years ago from Monsey, New York.’
  • 2The honor of being called upon to read from the Torah.

    ‘I was called up for an aliyah’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the early days, during the service, the congregants had the odd practice of auctioning the aliyoth or ‘privileges’ given to certain congregants, the money being used to maintain the synagogue.’
    • ‘It is a great honor to be given an aliyah when the Torah is read in the synagogue, and it is important to fulfill this mitzvah (commandment) with dignity.’



/əˈlēə/ /əˈliə/


From Hebrew ‘ăliyyāh ‘ascent’.