Aliyah
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Aliyah (Hebr. pl. aliyot) has the basic meaning of “ascent.” Already in biblical times, the term refers to migration to the Land of Israel, alluding to its elevated position. Biblical commentators ascribe spiritual significance to the term in that they equate the process of ascent with arrival in the Holy Land. The Zionist m…

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Gur Alroey, Haifa, “Aliyah”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 21 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0014>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409



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