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  • Av

    n. The eleventh month of the Jewish calendar (or fifth if counting from Nisan).

  • Chabad

    n. An outreach-oriented branch of Hasidic Judaism that follows the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Chabad has thousands of branches around the world, including at many college campuses.

  • 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.

  • Cheshvan

    n. The second month of the Jewish calendar (or eighth if counting from Nisan).

  • Elul

    n. The twelfth month of the Jewish calendar (or sixth if counting from Nisan).

  • farbrengen

    n. A gathering or celebration that includes a spiritual or religious component.

  • Galitzianer

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

  • gelilah

    n. "Binding and bedecking of the Torah scroll[.]" (Glinert)

  • hagba

    n. The ceremonial raising of a Sefer Torah for all the congregation to see.

  • Iyar

    n. The eighth month of the Jewish calendar (or second if counting from Nisan).

  • kishkas

    n. Intestines, gut.

  • Kislev

    n. The third month of the Jewish calendar (or ninth if counting from Nisan).

  • 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.

  • matzah meal

    "finely crumbled, crushed matzah used as a flour substitute in cooking during Pesach" (Eisenberg & Scolnic)

  • mechaye

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

  • Nisan

    prop. n. The seventh month of the Jewish calendar (or first if counting from it).

  • schmatta

    rag, old/ragged piece of clothing, garment