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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 aliyahs, aliyos
[ah-lee-yahz; for 1 alsoAshkenazic Hebrew ah-lee-awz or, English, uh-lee-uh z] /ˌɑ liˈyɑz; for 1 alsoAshkenazic Hebrew ɑˈli ɔz or, English, əˈli əz/ (Show IPA),
aliyot
[Sephardic Hebrew ah-lee-awt] /Sephardic Hebrew ˌɑ liˈɔt/ (Show IPA)
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

noun (Judaism)
1.
(aliˈja), (pl) -yoth (-ˈjɒt). immigration to the Holy Land
2.
(əˈliːə). the honour of being called to read from the Torah
Word Origin
from Hebrew, literally: act of going up, ascent
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