aliyos

aliyah

[Sephardic Hebrew, English ah-lee-ah; for 1 also Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-lee-aw or, English, uh-lee-uh]
noun, plural aliyahs, aliyos [ah-lee-yahz; for 1 also Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-lee-awz or, English, uh-lee-uhz] , aliyot [Sephardic Hebrew ah-lee-awt] .
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.

Origin:
< Hebrew: ʿăliyyāh literally, ascent, rise

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aliyah
 
n , -yoth
1.  immigration to the Holy Land
2.  the honour of being called to read from the Torah
 
[from Hebrew, literally: act of going up, ascent]

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