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  • burekas

    n. A Turkish pastry filled with potatoes, other vegetables, and sometimes cheese.

  • 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.

  • chutzpah

    n. Guts (positive).

  • falafel

    n. The deep-fried chick pea ball itself.

  • goy

    n. A nation, but not the Jewish nation.

  • hummus

    n. A puree of ground chickpeas and sesame seeds.

  • kibbutz

    n. "[Israeli agricultural] collective" (Glinert) Most settlements in Israeli which originally began as kibbutzim now function as regular municipalities.

  • Knesset

    n. Israel's parliament.

  • l'chaim

    interj. Traditional toast. [lit. "to life" (Rosten)]

  • maccabiah

    n. 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.

  • mazel

    n. Congratulations.

  • mazel tov

    interj. Congratulations [lit. "good fortune"].

  • sabra

    n. A prickly pear, "tough and prickly on the outside, tender and sweet on the inside--a description that many say fits citizens of the Jewish state." (JPS)

  • shalom

    interj. Hello, goodbye, peace.

  • sheket

    interj. "Quiet!"

  • Shoah

    n. Eastern European Holocaust (of World War II).

  • sufganiyot

    n. Jelly-filled donuts traditionally eaten on Chanukah.

  • tahini

    n. "A creamy paste made from ground sesame seeds." (JPS)