Definition of aliyah in English:



  • 1mass noun Immigration to Israel.

    ‘students making aliyah’
    • ‘Some families plan for years before making aliyah.’
    • ‘The author made aliyah to Israel with her family nearly five years ago from Monsey, New York.’
    • ‘When we heard about the Foundation, whose goal was to assist North American Jews in making aliyah, we immediately applied.’
    • ‘He was professor at the University of California, Berkeley, until making aliyah in 1966.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2The honour 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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


From Hebrew ‘ăliyyāh ‘ascent’.