WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
a•li•yah  ([Seph. Heb., Eng.]ä′lē ä;[for 1 also Ashk. Heb.]ä lēô[or, Eng.,]ə lēə),USA pronunciation n., pl.  a•li•yahs, a•li•yos (ä′lē yäz;[for 1 also Ashk. Heb.]ä lēôz[or, Eng.,]ə lēəz),USA pronunciation  a•li•yot 
    ([Seph. Heb.]ä′lē ôt).USA pronunciation 
  1. Judaismthe act of proceeding to the reading table in a synagogue for the reading of a portion from the Torah.
  2. Judaismthe immigration of Jews to Israel, either as individuals or in groups.
  3. Judaismany of the major waves of Jewish immigration to Palestine or Israel.
  • Hebrew:‘ăliyyāhliterally, ascent, rise

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