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  • Kab Shab

    n. Abbreviated form of Kabalat Shabbat (the Friday night prayer service).

  • Kabbalah

    n. A Jewish mystical work, sometimes used as a catch-all term for Jewish mysticism. "The Jewish mystical tradition." (JPS)

  • Kabbalat Shabbat

    n. "Special prayers and songs included as part of Friday night services to welcome in Shabbat."

  • kaboles ponem

    n. The reception before a wedding ceremony, consisting of a tish (for men) and a badeken (for women). Lit. 'receiving the faces'.

  • Kaddish

    n. Prayer of mourning; one of several similar prayers separating parts of the service.

  • Kaddish D'Rabbanan

    n. A prayer that is said by mourners and those who have recently studied a rabbinic text.

  • Kaddish Shalem

    n. A prayer said at the end of Jewish prayer services.

  • Kaddish Yatom

    n. Mourner's Kaddish, a prayer said by mourners during the first year after an immediate family member has died and every year on their yahrzeit.

  • kaddishl

    n. A son who will say kaddish for a parent (literally, "little kaddish").

  • kadima

    n. A center-left political party in Israel.

  • kadoches

    n. Less than nothing.

  • kadosh

    adj. Holy.

  • kadur basis

    n. Baseball.

  • kaftan

    n. A man's long black overcoat.

  • kahal

    n. (The people of) a Jewish community.

  • kal v'chomer

    adv. By extrapolation we know; all the more so. "with assuredness of mind or action based on an earlier, more restrictive, premise; assuredly; certainly: indubitably." (Weiser)

  • kalike

    n. Cripple.

  • kallah

    n. Jewish communal gathering, conference.

  • kapara

    n. [The relatively minor mishap should be] an Atonement [for my/our/your sins, rather than something more serious.]

  • kaparot

    n. Ritual performed between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to remove sins carried out by swinging a chicken over ones head.

  • kapote

    n. Long black coat worn by Hasidic men.

  • karka

    n. Land, ground.

  • karpas

    n. A vegetable (traditionally a green, leafy one, namely parsley, but can be any vegetable that grows from the ground) used in the Passover seder to symbolize new spring

  • kasha

    n. Buckwheat groats, commonly served with bowtie noodles ('kasha varnishkes'); porridge.

  • kasha varnishkes

    n. Kasha with bowtie noodles.

  • kashe

    n. A question posing some difficulty because of apparent inconsistencies with accepted premises: problem. A tough, perplexing question.

  • kasher

    v. Make (a kitchen, utensil, or dish) kosher.

  • kashrut

    n. "The body of Jewish dietary laws and regulations that specify what and how a Jew who keeps kosher can eat." (JPS)

  • katschke

    n. A duck.

  • kavanah

    n. "Attention to the meaning, spirit, and purpose of words." (Weiser)

  • kedai

    adv. "Worth it." (Weiser)

  • kedusha

    n. Holiness, sanctity.

  • keep kosher

    v. Observe and follow kashrut.

  • kehila kedosha

    n. A holy community.

  • kehillah

    n. "A Jewish community." (JPS)

  • kein yirbu

    interj. "So they may increase in number."

  • keinehora

    interj. "No evil eye" (Rosten). "An expression said to ward off the evil eye or bad luck in general; the verbal equivalent of knocking on wood." (JPS)

  • keitzed m'rakdim

    n. Dancing before the groom and bride at a wedding, more often called 'wedding shtick.'

  • kelev

    n. Dude.

  • keli

    n. Vessel to receive a blessing.

  • ken

    interj. Yes.

  • kenas

    n. A fine paid as a penalty for wrongdoing.

  • keppele

    n. Head (smaller or cuter, often used in child-directed speech).

  • keppy

    n. Head, little head (informal, diminutive, often in child-directed speech).

  • kesher

    n. Connection, relationship, link.

  • kesiva vechasima tova

    n. "A good writing and sealing (in the Book of Life)!" Formal Ashkenazi greeting on Rosh Hashanah.

  • Keter

    n. Crown, especially the crown decorating a Torah scroll.

  • ketubah

    n. "The Jewish marriage contract, traditionally written in Aramaic." (JPS)

  • Ketuvim

    prop. n. The third and last section of the Tanach.

  • ketzeleh

    n. Little kitten, can be used as a term of endearment.

  • keva

    n. Fixed aspects of ritual/liturgy.

  • kezayit

    n. A halakhic measure for the minimum amount that may not be eaten of a prohibited substance or that must be eaten to fulfill a commandment.

  • KFP

    n. An abbreviation "kosher for Passover," meaning that the food fulfills the religious requirements to be eaten during Passover.

  • khamer

    n. Jackass, donkey.

  • khnyok

    n. An unkempt or slovenly person.

  • khremzl

    n. "A fried fritter or latke, made of matzah meal and eggs, that may be stuffed with ground meat, nuts, or fruit. An old-fashioned Pesach recipe." (JPS Dictionary)

  • khurbn

    n. "Destruction of the Temple." (Glinert)

  • kibbitz

    v. "To socialize aimlessly...To carry on a running commentary." (Rosten)

  • kibbitzer

    n. Someone who "gives unasked-for advice ... especially as a bystander-observer at a game (bridge, poker, checkers, chess)." (Rosten)

  • kibbutz

    n. "[Israeli agricultural] collective" (Glinert) Most settlements in Israeli which originally began as kibbutzim now function as regular municipalities.

  • kibud av v'eim

    n. The mitzvah of honoring one's parents.

  • kichel

    n. Small cookie or biscuit.

  • kiddush

    n. "Blessing recited over wine" (JPS) on Sabbath or holidays at the beginning of the meal or ceremony. Reception after services. "The refreshments, usually including wine, juice, and pastries, that are offered after [the Sabbath] and holiday services in the synagogue." (JPS)

  • kiddush Hashem

    n. The sanctification of God's name; "bringing honor to God." (Glinert)

  • Kien Save

    Literally: "Who Knows?". Used often as "I have no idea".

  • kikar

    n. Square, open area.

  • kike

    n. A derogatory slur for a Jewish person.

  • kiki riki

    n. Brand name of clothing shells (thin, simple shirts; worn by Orthodox women under more revealing ones to provide coverage).

  • kima

    n. Wakeup time.

  • kimat

    adv. "Almost or nearly." (Weiser)

  • kimmel

    n. "Kimmel bread" is rye bread with caraway seeds on top.

  • kinder

    n. "Children." (Rosten)

  • kinderlach

    n. Lit. "little children"; (as a term of address) "friends", "guys".

  • Kinneret

    n. The Sea of Galilee.

  • kinus

    n. Gathering.

  • kinyan

    n. The act or manner of legally acquiring or agreeing to something.

  • kippah

    n. "Small, round headcovering." (JPS)

  • kippah clip

    n. A clip used to attach a kippah to one's hair.

  • Kippur

    n. Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).

  • kiruv

    n. Outreach work meant to encourage non-religious Jews to become religious, [lit. "to bring closer"].

  • kishka

    n. "Stuffed derma: a sausagelike comestible of meat, flour, and spices stuffed into intestine casing and baked." (Rosten)

  • kishkas

    n. Intestines, gut.

  • Kislev

    n. The third month of the Jewish calendar (or ninth if counting from Nisan).

  • kita aleph

    n. Level one.

  • kita bet

    n. Second grade (at a Jewish school).

  • kita het

    n. Eighth grade (at a Jewish school).

  • kita vav

    n. Sixth grade (at a Jewish school).

  • kitah

    n. Class, grade (in school).

  • kitah daled

    n. Fourth grade (at a Jewish school).

  • kitah gimmel

    n. Third grade (at a Jewish school).

  • kitah hey

    n. Fifth grade (at a Jewish school).

  • kitah zayin

    n. Seventh grade (at a Jewish school)

  • kitke

    n. Braided egg-bread eaten on the Sabbath (known as challah elsewhere).

  • kitniot

    n. "Literally, 'legumes'...certain foods that are restricted during Pesach in some Jewish communities." (JPS)

  • kittel

    n. Hite robe that is worn by religious Jews on Yom Kippur, when leading High Holiday services, when leading a Passover seder, by grooms at weddings, and as a burial shroud.

  • kivyakhol

    n. Substitute or euphemism for God's name, similar to Hashem.

  • klaf

    n. The specially prepared skin of a kosher animal, often used as parchment for kosher Torah scrolls or mezuzot.

  • klafte

    n. A naughty or nasty woman; a bitch.

  • klal

    n. "A fixed rule: principle" (Weiser).

  • klal yisroel

    n. "Synonym for the Jewish people." (JPS)

  • klezmer

    n. "Eastern European style of instrumental music." (JPS)

  • KLP

    adj. Kosher for Passover, meaning that the food fulfills the religious requirements to be eaten during Passover.

  • klug

    n. Curse, but not a severe one.

  • klutz

    n. "Clumsy, slow-witted...person." (Rosten)

  • knaidel

    n. Matzah ball; "a dumpling made of matzah meal meal and beaten eggs, usually served in chicken broth, often at the Pesach seder." (JPS)

  • Knesset

    n. Israel's parliament.

  • knis

    n. Synagogue, Syrian word for 'shul.'

  • knish

    n. Eastern European dumpling with thin dough filled with potato, kasha, onion, meat, and/or other ingredients.

  • kochleffel

    n. A cooking spoon, as for soup. By extension, a person who stirs up trouble; meddler, busybody.

  • kol b'seder

    interj. "Everything's fine."

  • kol hakavod

    interj. Literally, "All the honor", as in "More honor to you!"

  • Kol ishah

    n. Lit. 'The voice of a woman'. Refers to the prohibition of men hearing the voice of a woman singing.

  • kol tuv

    interj. "All the best" (JPS), a closing or farewell.

  • kollel

    n. Institution where married men pursue advanced Talmudic study.

  • kollel rabbi

    n. A man who learns (studies traditional texts) - generally full-time - and offers classes and other services to the (non-Orthodox) Jewish community.

  • koppel

    n. Skullcap, kippah, yarmulke.

  • kos Miriam

    n. "A special goblet...that is filled with water and placed on the seder table in honor of Miriam" (JPS).

  • kos shel Eliyahu

    n. "A special goblet filled with wine and placed on the seder table for the Prophet Elijah" (JPS).

  • kosher

    adj. "Acceptable according to Jewish [ritual] law" (JPS); "trustworthy, reliable" (Rosten); acceptable according to dietary laws.

  • kosher chazer fissel

    n. One who appears to be religious, but is in fact not, either wholly or in part; religious in appearance, non-religious in essence.

  • kosher style

    adj. (Of a restaurant) serving food that is considered to be Jewish food, but isn't certified kosher.

  • Kotel

    n. "The Western Wall[/wailing wall]." (Glinert)

  • kova

    n. Hat.

  • koved

    n. "Honor, dignity, respect." (JPS)

  • Kratsmach

    n. Tongue-in-cheek way of referring to "Christmas," especially among Jews who want to avoid uttering the name of Christ.

  • krav maga

    n. A form of mixed martial arts developed in the Israeli Army but popularized worldwide. Literally means "contact combat."

  • kreplach

    n. (Meat-) stuffed dumplings usually served in soup; Jewish wontons.

  • kriah

    n. Reading, especially Torah.

  • krias Shema

    n. "The reading of the Shema" (Glinert).

  • krotzer

    n. One who is confused, literally "scratching their head."

  • krovim

    n. Relatives.

  • krum

    n. Lit. "crooked"; used by Yeshivish speakers to denote views ("hashkafos") that do not fall entirely within the bounds of traditional Orthodox thought.

  • kugel

    n. Baked pudding or casserole made with eggs and various ingredients, including noodles, potatoes, or spinach.

  • kulah

    n. A lenient ruling or measure.

  • kumkum

    n. Hot water urn.

  • kumzits

    n. Sing-along; campfire gathering with singing.

  • kuntz

    n. Strategy. (Weiser)

  • kupa

    n. A system of sharing goods and money in the Habonim Dror movement.

  • kuracha

    n. Bag for tallit or tefillin.

  • kurveh

    n. (Profane) whore, slut, bitch.

  • kvater

    n. One of the people honored to hold the baby at a circumcision ceremony; godfather.

  • kvell

    v. Feel or express pride, "to be extraordinarily pleased." (JPS)

  • kvetch

    v. "To chronically complain or gripe to others over minor issues." (JPS)

  • kvutza

    n. An age-based group in Habonim Dror movement.