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  • Baal Shem Tov

    n. Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, widely regarded as the founder of Hasidic Judaism.

  • cheder

    n. Hebrew and religious classes (often on Sundays) for elementary school children.

  • Eretz Yisroel

    n. Israel.

  • fatootsed

    adj. Enervated, played out, knackered, terminally fatigued.

  • frosk

    n. A slap.

  • Galitzianer

    n. A Jew with ancestry in the Galicia region of Eastern Europe.

  • get

    n. A writ or deed of divorce.

  • goyishe kop

    n. Someone who fails to use his/her head; a dull mind. Someone who thinks like a non-Jew. Lit. "non-Jewish head."

  • Hasidic

    adj. Of or relating to Hasidic Judaism or Hasidic Jews.

  • hoo-ha

    interj. Interjection of admiration or astonishment.

  • Knesset

    Israel's parliament

  • kosher

    "acceptable according to Jewish [ritual] law" (JPS); "trustworthy, reliable" (Rosten); acceptable according to dietary laws

  • Lag BaOmer

    prop. n. The thirty-third day of the Omer on which the Omer's customs of semi-mourning pause for a day and on which it is a tradition to hold a bonfire and celebrate.

  • Litvak

    n. A Jew with ancestry in Lithuania or nearby regions.

  • Maariv

    n. The Jewish evening prayer service.

  • mechaye

    "Pleasure, enjoyment, a real joy" (Rosten); something that gives great joy

  • Mincha

    n. The Jewish afternoon prayer service.

  • mitzvah

    n. Good deed.

  • Purim

    A joyous holiday that takes place in February or March on the 14th of Adar, retelling the story of the Book of Esther.

  • seder

    order, orderliness, system, routine