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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).

  • chanukiah

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

  • Eretz Yisroel

    n. Israel.

  • halevai

    interj. If only.

  • Haredi

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

  • kippah

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

  • mazel

    congratulations

  • Shabbat

    prop. n. The Jewish Sabbath; Saturday.

  • Shabbat Shalom

    Greeting or departing line (hello or goodbye) used on or during the few days leading up to Shabbat. Literally "peaceful Sabbath."

  • Shemini Atzeret

    Holiday celebrated the day after the seven-day holiday of Sukkot.

  • shidduch

    a date in the process of finding one's spouse

  • tzadik

    Someone who does extremely righteous deeds.