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  • bagel

    n. "A leavened, firm, doughnut shaped roll" (JPS).

  • Borscht Belt

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

  • bupkis

    adv. Nothing.

  • challah

    n. "The braided egg bread that traditionally is eaten on almost every Jewish holiday and [the Sabbath]" (JPS).

  • chutzpah

    n. Guts (positive).

  • gefilte fish

    n. Minced sweet or sour fish, cooked in balls or a log and sliced. [lit., "stuffed fish"(JPS), since the chopped fish used to be placed back in the fish for cooking.]

  • glitch

    n. Flaw; slight problem in a process.

  • goy

    n. A nation, but not the Jewish nation.

  • Hasid

    n. A disciple of a rabbi.

  • Hasidic

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

  • hoo-ha

    interj. Interjection of admiration or astonishment.

  • kibbitz

    v. "To socialize aimlessly...To carry on a running commentary." (Rosten)

  • kibbitzer

    n. Someone who "gives unasked-for advice ... especially as a bystander-observer at a game (bridge, poker, checkers, chess)." (Rosten)

  • klezmer

    n. "Eastern European style of instrumental music." (JPS)

  • klutz

    n. "Clumsy, slow-witted...person." (Rosten)

  • knish

    n. Eastern European dumpling with thin dough filled with potato, kasha, onion, meat, and/or other ingredients.

  • kosher

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

  • kugel

    n. Baked pudding or casserole made with eggs and various ingredients, including noodles, potatoes, or spinach.

  • kvell

    v. Feel or express pride, "to be extraordinarily pleased." (JPS)

  • kvetch

    v. "To chronically complain or gripe to others over minor issues." (JPS)