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n. 1 (context Judaism English) The call up of someone to the bimah for the reading of the Torah. 2 The immigration of Jews to Israel.

  1. n. (Judaism) the honor of being called up to the reading desk in the synagogue to read from the Torah; "he was called on for an aliyah"

  2. (Judaism) immigration of Jews to Israel; "students making aliyah"


Aliyah (, ; aliyah, "ascent") is the immigration of Jews from the diaspora to the Land of Israel (Eretz Israel in Hebrew). Also defined as "the act of going up"—that is, towards Jerusalem—"making Aliyah" by moving to the Land of Israel is one of the most basic tenets of Zionism. The opposite action, emigration from the Land of Israel, is referred to in Hebrew as yerida ("descent"). The State of Israel's Law of Return gives Jews and their descendants automatic rights regarding residency and Israeli citizenship.

For much of Jewish history most Jews have lived in the diaspora where aliyah was developed as a national aspiration for the Jewish people, although it was not usually fulfilled until the development of the Zionist movement in the late nineteenth century. The large-scale immigration of Jews to Palestine began in 1882. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, more than 3 million Jews have moved to Israel. As of 2014, Israel and the Palestinian territories together contain 42.9% of the world's Jewish population.

Aliyah (disambiguation)

Aliyah is the immigration of Jews to the Land of Israel.

Aliyah may also refer to:

  • Aliyah (political party), a now-defunct political party in Israel during the 14th Knesset
  • Aliyah (Torah), being called up to recite a blessing or read from a portion of the Torah
  • Aliyah L'regel, traveling to the Temple in Jerusalem for the three pilgrim festivals
  • Aliyah (NCIS), the 25 episode of the sixth series of the CBS network show NCIS.
Aliyah (Torah)

An aliyah (Hebrew עליה, or aliya and other variant English spellings) is the calling of a member of a Jewish congregation to the bimah for a segment of reading from the Torah.

The person who receives the aliyah goes up to the bimah before the reading and recites a blessing thanking God for giving the Torah to the Jewish nation. After the reading, the recipient then recites another concluding blessing. In many congregations, the recipient will also stand to the side of the bimah during the following reading.

Aliyah (NCIS)

"Aliyah" is the twenty-fifth and final episode of the sixth season of the American police procedural drama NCIS, and the 138th episode overall. It originally aired on CBS in the United States on May 19, 2009. The episode is written by David North and directed by Dennis Smith, and was seen live by 16.51 million viewers.

"Aliyah" picks up following a cliff-hanger in the previous episode, "Semper Fidelis", in which Tony DiNozzo fatally shoots Ziva David's Mossad boyfriend, Michael Rivkin, in self-defense. It also follows the "Legend" storyline, culminating in Ziva's departure from NCIS and eventual captivity in Somalia.

Aliyah (wrestler)

Nhooph Al-Areebi (born November 23, 1994) is a Canadian professional wrestler currently signed to WWE under the ring nameAliyah, performing on their developmental territory NXT.

Nhooph previously wrestled on the independent circuit under the ring name Jasmin Areebi.

Usage examples of "aliyah".

Founded in 1937, its full name Mossad Aliyah Beth, or Organization for the Second Immigration, the Mossad was the first Israeli Intelligence organ.

Nuevo Aliyah, Nuevo Aliyah banners would offend the Islamic -Renaissance, Naturist banners would offend the Neo-Victorians.

Qamariya, and these are my daughters, Princess Rana, Princess Aliyah, and Princess Maleeha.