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"Making Aliyah"

How have you heard the phrase, making aliyah, used?

I realize that in the Bible, it simply means "going up" and referred to any visit to Jerusalem, for a festival or other event. However, in the American synagogues I've attended, the phrase seems to be reserved for someone is planning to move to Israel permanently. Otherwise, you're just visiting.

How do other Americans use the phrase? How do Israelis use it?


Yeah, "to make aliyah" is used by both Americans and Israelis for a Jew who moves to Israel. Conversely, the verb for Jews who move away from Israel means to descend.
Thanks for confirming that. The cover of a book I like, said that the author had "made aliyah," but when I contacted him, I learned that he lives in the States and just studied in Israel for a year.
I don't use "make aliyah" myself, because it's too anglicized. However, indeed the verb לעלות and the noun עליה are used to describe a permanent immigration to Israel by Jews (gentiles who permanently move to Israel are described by the verb להגר, as are migrants between other countries). An Israeli Jew who is moving permanently abroad is commonly referred to with the verb לרדת and ירידה.

To immigrate permanently to Israel (a Jew): לעלות
The action of immigration: עליה
An immigrant: עולה (sometimes עולה חדש - "new immigrant").

To immigrate permanently to any other country or not a Jew: להגר
The action of immigration: הגירה
An immigrant: מהגר

To emigrate permanently from Israel (a Jew): לרדת
The action of emigration: ירידה
An emigrate: יורד

Emigration from Israel is considered a bad thing according to the Zionist ideology, so the word יורד is considered a slightly offensive term and some people use euphemisms to avoid it.
Self correction: יורד is an emigrant, not an emigrate.
Thank you, real_skeptic.

I think I'd heard that emigrating from Israel was looked on in a bad light. According to a book I read recently, one of the reasons for Israel's stunning economic growth, the experiences of some people who spend brief periods working outside the country.