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Aliyah has a double meaning for Jews. lt can mean the act of being called forward to read the Torah in the synagogue, and aliyah can also refer to a Jewish person’s move to lsrael.

Aliyah (plural, aliyot) is a Hebrew word that means “going up” or “elevation.” The term aliyah, going up to lsrael, is based upon Genesis 50:13; after Jacob died, his sons carried his body out of Egypt to the land of Canaan to be buried as he had requested.

Aliyah is the immigration of Jews from the diaspora to the Land of lsrael (Eretz lsrael in Hebrew). The State of lsrael’s Law of Return gives Jews and their descendants automatic rights to residency and Israeli citizenship. Lately, the rise of antisemitism in Europe has motivated more and more Jews to make aliyah. Aliyah