ali·​yah ä-ˈlē-(ˌ)yä How to pronounce aliyah (audio)
variants or aliya
: the immigration of Jews to Israel

Examples of aliyah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kozlov is a recent immigrant to Israel, having made aliyah by himself, without his family, about a year and a half ago. Michael Dorgan, Fox News, 8 June 2024 Their attachment to the land is at least as strong as that of Jews who made aliyah in the past century. Rich Lowry, National Review, 29 Oct. 2023 There was Uriel Bar-Maimon Wolf, a 21-year-old Border Police officer who made aliyah from Argentina. Etgar Lefkovits, Sun Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2023 Barker, a registered practitioner, hopes to make aliyah with her husband in the next year and a half. Noa Amouyal, Sun Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2023 Another sister made aliyah after her. Renee Ghert-Zand,, 23 Nov. 2021 Romanitsky’s story signifies how crucial aliyah, or immigration, has been to Israel’s judo success. Cnaan Liphshiz,, 20 July 2021 In 2021, some 550 Brazilians made aliyah, or immigrated to Israel, according to the Jewish Agency. Marcus M. Gilban, Sun Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2022 Distributions of funds have focused on humanitarian aid and rescue operations; trauma relief and medical care; refugee resettlement; and aliyah and absorption in Israel. Jns Staff Report, Sun Sentinel, 11 May 2022

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Word History


Modern Hebrew ʽalīyāh, from Hebrew, ascent

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aliyah was in 1851

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“Aliyah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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