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oneg

Alternative Spellings

oyneg

Definitions

  • a informal, festive gathering Friday night involving food, casual Torah study, Jewish songs, etc.

Example Sentences

  • "The Jewish camp counselors knew to expect sweet treats at the staff oneg late Friday night after they put the campers to bed."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

עונג 'lit. pleasure, delight' (short for עונג שבת, joy of the Sabbath)

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

Most religious Jews use this term to refer to a Friday night gathering, but among Reform Jews it can be used interchangeably with 'kiddush'.

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