aliyah n. (ah--yah); pl. aliyot (ah-lee-YOTE) Literally, “to go up.” 1. The honor of being called up to the bimah to recite the blessings before and after the . The term is often also used for any of the other rituals associated with reading the Torah, including hagbah and gelilah. During a synagogue service, those receiving an aliyah are called to the bimah by their Hebrew name. Traditionally the first aliyah is given to a Kohen, the second to a Levite, and the remaining ones to the . The number of aliyot at a religious service varies from three to seven, on the occasion. During a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah service, aliyot are often given to family members and friends. 2. (ah-lee-YAH) The act of immigrating to . Almost always used with the verb “make,” as in “Did Lisa and her husband make aliyah? I heard they wanted to live in Tel Aviv.”

  1. noun
  2. plural

Eisenberg, J., Scolnic, E., & Publication Society. (2001). The JPS dictionary of Jewish words. Over 1000 entries for Jewish and life-cycle events, culture, , the and other sacred texts, and worship. Each entry has a guide and is cross-referenced to related terms.; “A JPS desk reference”–cover. (5). , : Jewish Publication Society.

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