20 random words retrieved

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    merkaz

    central area (of a given space)

  2. 2

    alte bubby

    old woman, great-grandmother

  3. 3

    zall

    study hall; beis medrash (lit. "hall")

  4. 4

    sidra

    weekly Torah portion

  5. 5

    bragas

    underwear

  6. 6

    gurnisht

    "nothing, zilch, zero" (JPS)

  7. 7

    justo

    True, right.

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    Katschke

    A Duck

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    pushke

    "The little container...in which money to be donated to charity is accumulated." (Rosten)

  10. 10

    Borscht Belt

    region in the Catskill Mountains with many summer resorts frequented by Jews, especially in the mid twentieth century

  11. 11

    Land of Israel

    not just the state of Israel but the physical place

  12. 12

    bechina

    examination, particularly for rabbinic ordination

  13. 13

    ghattis

    derogatory term for working-class or boorish Afrikaaner person

  14. 14

    Sheket

    Quiet!

  15. 15

    middos

    character traits (singular: "middah")

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    shtadlan

    an elected or self-appointed Jewish emissary pleading the cause of his people before the authorities

    an intercessor

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    alter bocher

    a man that is too old not to be married

    an old yeshiva student who really should have been married off by now

  18. 18

    unetaneh tokef

    a particular High Holiday prayer recited on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

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    shawarma

    Thinly cut meat (usually lamb, but may be chicken, beef, or other meat) cooked on a vertical rotating spit. Often served on a laffa (large pita type bread, but flat like a pizza dough and without a pocket) and with French fries ("chips" in Israel). Sometimes served on pita.

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    apikoros

    heretic, non-believer, especially one with great knowledge of Judaism