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  • abba

    n. Father, dad, daddy.

  • adloyada

    n. A Purim carnival.

  • aliyah

    n. "Calling to the reading of the Torah." (Glinert)

  • beit knesset

    n. Jewish place of worship; "synagogue" (JPS).

  • chag sameach

    interj. "Literally, 'Happy Holiday.' The traditional, all-purpose greeting exchanged on almost any Jewish holiday" (JPS).

  • chalutzim

    n. Pioneers in the building of the State of Israel.

  • chanukiah

    n. Nine-branched menorah / candelabrum used on Chanukah.

  • chaver

    n. Friend.

  • chug

    n. Elective class, group activity.

  • chutzpah

    n. Guts (positive).

  • Eretz Yisroel

    n. Israel.

  • goy

    n. A nation, but not the Jewish nation.

  • halevai

    interj. If only.

  • Haredi

    adj., n. Referring to an individual, institution, or practice associated with strictly Orthodox (non-Modern) Jews.

  • 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.

  • kippah

    n. "Small, round headcovering." (JPS)

  • l'chaim

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

  • mazel


  • mazel tov

    congratulations [lit. "good fortune"]