One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun Immigration to Israel.‘students making aliyah’
- ‘The author made aliyah to Israel with her family nearly five years ago from Monsey, New York.’
- ‘Some families plan for years before making aliyah.’
- ‘When we heard about the Foundation, whose goal was to assist North American Jews in making aliyah, we immediately applied.’
- ‘Almost two years after making aliyah, I gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby - but who weighed just over three pounds.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He was professor at the University of California, Berkeley, until making aliyah in 1966.’
2The honour of being called upon to read from the Torah.‘I was called up for an aliyah’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We broke through all the stereotypes, all the barriers, and we all experienced a real aliyah together.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
From Hebrew ‘ăliyyāh ‘ascent’.
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