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  • chametzdik

    adj. Containing or contaminated with chametz (and therefore unfit to be used or eaten by observant Jews on Pesach).

  • cheder

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

  • frosk

    n. A slap.

  • Galitzianer

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

  • 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.

  • kosher

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

  • 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

  • Sefer Torah

    n. A Torah scroll (a scroll with the text of The Five Books of Moses on it).

  • Shacharit

    n. The Jewish morning prayer service.

  • Shavuot

    prop. n. A Jewish holiday celebrating the anniversary of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai and the first harvest of spring.

  • shlump

    an unkempt person, a loser

  • shul

    synagogue

  • Simchat Torah

    prop. n. A Jewish holiday celebrating the end of the annual cycle of Torah readings and the beginning of the next one.

  • tzitzit

    n. The fringes on a tallit or on a tallit katan.

  • yachna

    a talkative or gossipy woman

  • yid

    a Jewish person