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    Ashkenazic

    Adjectival form for 'Ashkenazim', "The name given to the group of Jews who were originally from Germany and France, and their descendants" (JPS)

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    Jewishness

    Ethnic or cultural Jewish identity, as distinct from "Judaism"

    The quality of being a Jew, not limited to (nor necessarily excluding) religion, ethnicity, biology, or nationality.

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    freilach

    adj: happy, merry

    noun: (frailach or freylekhs) a lively song/dance performed at simchas

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    continuity

    An objective, often expressed in response to rising rates of interfaith marriage, to ensure that Judaism is transmitted from one generation to the next.

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    mish

    verb. To mix; to eat at other families' houses during the week of Passover.

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    davka

    even; despite expectations to the contrary -- often with a slightly amused or ironic feeling of "wouldn't you know it?" or "of all things" ("of all people" ... etc.)

    "definitely or exactly stated; specifically" (Weiser)

    just to annoy, just to be contrary

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    avrech

    A yeshiva student, or a young man who learns in a kollel.

    A working person (non full time learner) who supports or is associated with Torah institutions

    A young married male.

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    shtus

    nonsense

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    Ladino

    Judeo-Spanish language

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    engagement

    The degree to which an individual is active in or affiliated with a Jewish communal activity or organization, or to which a Jewish institution encourages such activity

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    chavruta

    learning partnership; joint study session. "The person with whom one studies religious texts" (Weiser)

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    yold

    fool, dupe

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    treif

    (adj or noun) food prohibited by the jewish dietary laws

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    bubbale

    sweetie, darling [term of endearment]

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    bubbe

    grandmother

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    sheva brachot

    the seven blessings said after a jewish wedding and at a festive meal once a day for a week afterwards. the term can refer to the one week period after the wedding, the festive meal, or the blessings themselves.

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    ketubah

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

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    Yom Kippur

    day of atonement, arguably the most important day on the Jewish calendar

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    moshiach

    The Messiah

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    halacha

    "Jewish law" (JPS)