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  • antisemitism

    Hatred against Jews.

  • atzilut

    "the world of divine emanations" (Eisenberg & Scolnic)

  • bubbe meise

    "Something of little importance, an inconsequential thing or minor happening." (JPS)

  • Chabad

    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.

  • Eretz Yisroel


  • farbrengen

    a gathering or celebration that includes a spiritual or religious component

  • g'mar chatima tova

    "A customary greeting among Jews on Yom Kippur [and the period between Yom Kippur and Rosh haShanah]" (JPS). lit. "a good end of [the process of] sealing [in the Book of Life]".

  • gelilah

    "Binding and bedecking of the Torah scroll" (Glinert)

  • get

    a writ or deed of divorce

  • hagba

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

  • Hillel

    an organization for Jewish college life, especially in North America

  • Knesset

    Israel's parliament

  • kugel

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

  • Maariv

    the Jewish evening prayer service

  • maccabiah

    international Jewish sports competition, known as the Jewish Olympics, held (mostly) every four years since 1932; smaller regional competitions held in Jewish community centers around the world

  • mashgiach

    "a person, usually an Orthodox Jew, who inspects and makes sure all the laws of kashrut are followed [in a slaughterhouse, food-processing factory, restaurant, catering hall, or the like]" (Eisenberg & Scolnic)

  • matzah meal

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

  • Mincha

    the Jewish afternoon prayer service

  • Mishnah

    an authoritative collection of exegetical material embodying the oral tradition of Jewish law and forming the first part of the Talmud

  • Mishneh Torah

    a 12th-century code of religious law in fourteen parts written by Moses Maimonides