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- n. The emigration of Jews from Israel
Though more Israelis emigrate (derogatorily referred to as yerida "going down," in Hebrew) than repatriate, in 2008 the difference between the two - 8,500 - was the lowest since 1987.
But 5 years and Kat's yerida notwithstanding, it is still holding true.
On the other hand, the secular nationalism of Zionism and the state of Israel has messianic religious underpinnings, both conscious and unconscious, and the use of the Hebrew language provides a host of examples of this (such as calling immigration to Israel aliyah - ascent, and emigration yerida - descent).