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    ark

    "the cabinet at the front of an Ashkenazic synagogue that houses the Torah scroll." (JPS)

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    prakes

    Stuffed cabbage, also known by holiptshes, goluptshes, and golomkes, among other names

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    shalom zachar

    welcoming party to celebrate the birth of a son, usually held at the house of the child's parents on the first Friday night after his birth

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    la kashya

    Not a problem, no difficulty. When two (Talmudic) opinions appear to contradict each other, "la kashya" signals that a resolution is at hand.

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    Hak mir nisht keyn tshaynik

    Literally, don't knock a teakettle at me

    Stop annoying me

    Don't bother me

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    schmear

    to spread; cream cheese

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    tam

    taste

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    mitzvot aseh

    affirmative commandments (of the 613 commandments of the Torah)

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    erlech

    honest, legitimate

    religious

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    matzah pizza

    A nickname for Massapequa, a Long Island, NY, suburb with sizable Jewish and Italian populations.

    a dish eaten by American Jews during Passover, where a piece of matzah is covered with tomato sauce and cheese, and placed in the oven.

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    mannah

    the food that fell from the sky to feed the wandering Israelites in the Bible

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    mutche

    harass, torment, bother, annoy, nag

    (obsolete) to struggle financially

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    sheymes

    n., such content

    adj., of or relating to printed material, such as a book or even an audio recording, that contains the name of God, and therefore must not be erased, put on the floor, etc., out of respect for the Divine Name

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    mission

    An organized trip meant to expose participants to the work of a nonprofit organization, raise awareness of a cause, and/or deliver supplies or services to a deserving population. Unlike the Christian use of the word "mission," Jewish missions do not signify a proselytizing motive.

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    zichrona livracha

    May her memory be blessed.

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    farfufket

    befuddled, taken aback, disoriented, confused

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    on one foot

    translation of Hebrew "al regel achat" or Yiddish "af eyn fus": off-the-cuff; quick, quickly, quick answer (from a Talmudic story about Rabbi Hillel summarizing the Torah to a potential convert while standing on one foot)

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    shamash

    1. candle lit first and then used to light other hanukah candles

    2. the caretaker of a synagogue.

    3. personal assistant / aide / gofer, especially to a rabbi or in the Hollywood entertainment industry

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    gemara

    "A compilation of 300 years of rabbis' legal and ethical commentaries on the Mishnah...together, the Gemara and the Mishnah comprise the Talmud." (JPS)

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    chaverim

    members, friends