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Definition of the noun aliyah

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noun - plural: aliyahs

  1. (Judaism) the honor of being called up to the reading desk in the synagogue to read from the Torah
  2. (Judaism) immigration of Jews to Israel
    • example: students making aliyah
    • domain: Judaism
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: immigration / in-migration = migration into a place

Alternative definition of the noun aliyah


  1. The immigration of Jews into Israel.


  1. Aliyah a.k.a. Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with R. Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records.
  2. Aliyah a.k.a. Alyiah Walker is a pornographic actress.

There are other people with in their name, like Aliyah Carr, Aliyah Khan, Aliyah Najm, Aliyah Johnson and Aliyah O'Brien.


Aliyah is a fictional character from the 2011 film Of Skies and Earth.


"Aliyah" a.k.a. "Alyah" is a 2012 drama film written by Elie Wajeman and Gaëlle Macé and directed by Elie Wajeman.


  1. Aliyah: An aliyah is the calling of a member of a Jewish congregation to the bimah for a segment of reading from the Torah.
  2. Aliyah is a 2012 TV series.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Aliyah

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Google previewThe Spirituality of Welcoming (2006)

How to Transform Your Congregation Into a Sacred Community by Ron Wolfson

Aliyah is a warmer invitation to Judaism than keiruv. Keiruv can be construed as a “yanking in”; aliyah is a “calling up.” Keiruv is what Jews do to bring ...

Google previewPilgrimage-the Sacred Art (2013)

Journey to the Center of the Heart by Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook

Aliyah is a Hebrew word that means “ascent” or “going up.

Google previewA Concise History of the Middle East (2016)

World history, Western Asia by CTI Reviews

Aliyah is the immigration of Jews from ...

Google previewThe Dispersion (2016)

A History of the Word Diaspora by Stéphane Dufoix

The yerridah towards galuth is a descent towards loss, towards absence and towards the night, while aliyah is an ascent towards redemption, gueulah, towards plenitude, towards presence and towards the light.172 It is difficult to grasp the ...

Google previewFoundations of civil and political rights in Israel and the occupied territories (2008)

by Yvonne Schmidt

Literally "Ascent"; aliyah means the return of an individual or an organized group to the Land of Israel; considered as a major Zionist virtue. Shi'a militia fighting against Israel's occupation in South Lebanon. Jews of north European and western ...

Google previewTrauma, Memory and Identity in Five Jewish Novels from the Southern Cone (2012)

by Debora Cordeiro Rosa

The word aliyah is a Jewish term which refers to the immigration of Jews from the Diaspora to Israel. 63. Isaac Bashevis Singer, born in 1904 in Radzymin, Poland, died in 1991 in the United States. Singer received a Nobel Prize of Literature in ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Israeli Intelligence (2006)

by Ephraim Kahana

See also MOSSAD LE'ALIYAH BETH and appendix B. MOSSAD LE'ALIYAH BETH. The term Aliyah Beth (literally “B-immigration”) refers to the organized illegal entry of Jews into Palestine under the British Mandate in direct defiance of the ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of American Synagogue Ritual (2000)

by Kerry M. Olitzky, Marc Lee Raphael

ALIYAH. A Torah honor, literally "going up" to the Torah. The term refers to the act of ascending the bimah (the raised platform on which the Torah is read, either in the front of the synagogue or in its center) in order to say the appropriate ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Judaism (2005)

by Sara E. Karesh, Mitchell M. Hurvitz

After the seven regular aliyot, an additional aliyah is given, called the maftir, which is a repetition of the last few verses. The person who has the honor of this aliyah often goes on to chant the day's selection from the NEVI'IM; this selection is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Jewish Folklore and Traditions (2015)

by Raphael Patai

Organized aliyah (the ...

Google previewThe New Jewish Encyclopedia (1976)

by David Bridger, Samuel Wolk

YOUTH ALIYAH Hebrew name applied to the organized mass immigration of Jewish children and youth for settlement in Palestine. This immigration first started in 1934 when the Nazis came to power in Germany and it was necessary to find a ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Judaism (2004)

by Alan Avery-Peck, Jacob Neusner

Aliyah (Hebrew:“going up”) “Ascent” in particulartothe Land ofIsrael or, fromwithinthe Land, ascentto Jerusalem,asan act of pilgrimage.In thesynagogue, the termrefers to thehonor of “ascending” tothe Torah, thatis, of participating in worship the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Jewish Food (2010)

by Gil Marks

Then between 1882 and 1903, the existing Jewish communities were overwhelmed by about thirty thousand eastern Europeans escaping oppression and pogroms, known as the First Aliyah. Most of these early European arrivals were ...

Google previewAn Introductory Dictionary of Theology and Religious Studies (2007)

by Orlando O. Espín, James B. Nickoloff

ALIYAH This Hebrew word literally means "to go up." It has two distinct and important meanings in Jewish life. When the Torah is read at Jewish worship services, that particular Torah portion is subdivided into a specific number of parts.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Central Intelligence Agency (2003)

by W. Thomas Smith

Mossad Le Aliyah Beth On December 21, 1976, in a bungled attempt to sell Agency secrets to the Soviets, Moore tossed a package containing classified CIA documents over the fence of a Washington, D.C., apartment complex where ...

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Small photo of LOS ANGELES - DEC 10: Aliyah Moulden at the Chandler's Friends Toy Drive & Wrapping Party at Los Angeles Ballet Academy on December 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, CASmall photo of LOS ANGELES - DEC 10: Aliyah Moulden at the Chandler's Friends Toy Drive & Wrapping Party at Los Angeles Ballet Academy on December 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, CASmall photo of TEL AVIV - JULY 22 2008: New Jewish immigrants making Aliyah in Ben Gurion Airport on July 22 2008.It's the immigration of Jews to the Land of Israel since the Babylonian exile.Small photo of TEL-AVIV, ISRAEL - MAY 27, 2016: Panoramic view of Givat Aliyah beach and nearby area, with locals and visitors, in the southern part of Jaffa, Now part of Tel-Aviv Yafo, IsraelSmall photo of TEL-AVIV, ISRAEL - MAY 27, 2016: View of Givat Aliyah beach and nearby area, with locals and visitors, in the southern part of Jaffa, Now part of Tel-Aviv Yafo, IsraelSmall photo of TEL-AVIV, ISRAEL - MAY 27, 2016: View of Givat Aliyah beach and nearby area, with locals and visitors, in the southern part of Jaffa, Now part of Tel-Aviv Yafo, IsraelSmall photo of ISRAEL - CIRCA 1955: stamp printed in Israel, shows young girl against background of the ship, honor of 20th anniversary of Youth Aliyah, "Twentieth anniversary of Youth Aliyah", series, circa 1955 More...

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Blessings for an Aliyah in Sign Language

Blessings when being called up to the Torah, in Sign Language.

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Scrabble value of A1L1I1Y4A1H4

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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