from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The immigration of Jews into Israel or into Palestine before the founding of the state of Israel.

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  • noun Judaism The calling up of someone to the bimah for a the reading of the Torah.
  • noun The immigration of Jews into Israel.

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  • noun (Judaism) the honor of being called up to the reading desk in the synagogue to read from the Torah
  • noun (Judaism) immigration of Jews to Israel


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Hebrew ‘ălīyâ, ascent, from ‘ālâ, to ascend; see עly in Semitic roots.]

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Hebrew עלייה (aliyá).


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  • Since immigration to Israel is seen by Zionist ideology as “going up” (hence the Hebrew term aliyah), the newcomers are considered olim (“those who ascend”).

    Ethnic Dance in the Yishuv and Israel: 1900-2000.

  • Israel allows anyone of Jewish heritage to use what is called aliyah, or the Law of Return, to become a citizen, but the military draft can be an issue.

    Hootsbuddy's Place

  • The distinction appears to be maintained in only a few ritual realms such as aliyah, minyan and tefillin.

    Feinstein, Rabbi Moses.

  • To say "they got along just fine before" is not a valid argument. they were killing jews before 1929 because in the first 'aliyah' (1882-1903) resulted in huge waves of eastern european jews. people tend to become angry and violent when faced with foreign cultural invaders.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • Israel encourages aliyah, meaning Jewish immigration to the country, while Yasser Arafat once famously said that his most potent weapon is "the womb of the Arab woman."

    National Catholic Reporter

  • I've written about this before, but every time I hear them say 'aliyah' it gets me thinking what's the rush, why are they so desperate to leave here and move to Israel?

    English-writing Israeli-bloggers

  • Linking the "aliyah" to what the Jewish literature has been describing as Eretz Israel or Yisrael HaShleima (Greater Israel) to the Israeli colonial settlement of the Palestinian land, which the Hebrew state occupied in 1967, while at the same time negating the Palestinian Right of Return, is torpedoing whatever prospect is left for a peaceful solution for the Arab – Israeli conflict, undermining the latest U. S.-sponsored launch of the Palestinian - Israeli talks in Annapolis and further splintering, so far politically, the only viable Palestinian partner to Israel in any viable peace process, namely the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

    A Peace-killing Linkage, De-linkage

  • "aliyah" _ the Hebrew term for "going up" _ makes her part of the - Articles related to Israel, West Bank Are New Lure

  • The email, titled "Enhanced financial assistance for Aliyah to Israel's North in 2010," promised up to $14,000 in cash and numerous other benefits ( "aliyah" is the term for when

    Foreign Policy

  • In a later session, one of the organizers of the conference, Dyonna Ginsburg, who made aliyah to Israel from the U.S., made an impassioned case for why Israel was the issue of this generation of Jews.

    Rabbi Sid Schwarz: 'One Jewish People' Takes Work


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