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    Bayit Sheni

    Second Temple, period of the Second Temple

    A place one repairs to for debauchery after being expelled from one's initial location.

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    peoplehood

    sense of belonging to the world Jewish people

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    adon olam

    a hymn in the traditional Jewish liturgy, usually recited before Shacharit and often sung after services in synagogue, made up of traits attributed to God

  4. 4

    farfufket

    befuddled, taken aback, disoriented, confused

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    nittel nacht

    Christmas Eve

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    Shleger

    Bully, violent person

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    bubbale

    sweetie, darling [term of endearment]

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    yeshiva

    traditionally, an institution that focuses on teaching Talmud to boys and young men. Today yeshivas exist for men and women.

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    mesameach

    to gladden another person

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    chap

    "to comprehend" (Weiser) (lit. "to grasp")

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    kollel

    Institution where married men pursue advanced Talmudic study and, often in conjunction with their wives, offer classes and other rabbinic services to the Jewish community around them, especially in non-Orthodox neighborhoods.

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    klafte

    a naughty or nasty woman; a bitch

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    Ashki

    nickname for Ashkenazi Jews

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    kitke

    braided egg-bread eaten on the Sabbath (known as challah elsewhere)

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    geshmak

    delicious, delightful

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    chuppah

    wedding ceremony (not including reception)

    "The Jewish wedding canopy; that is, the cloth under which the Jewish wedding ceremony is conducted." (JPS)

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    haggadah

    "The small book of liturgy, prayers, songs, and rituals used at a Pesach seder" (JPS)

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    mezuzah

    a piece of parchment with the Shema written on it that is then placed in a case and mounted on doorways in keeping with the Biblical commandment mentioned in the Shema

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    amud

    page (in a prayerbook)

    one side of a page (of Talmud)

    pulpit, lectern

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    oso ha-Ish

    literally "that man", an irreverent/euphemistic reference to Jesus of Nazereth