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  • afikomen

    n. A piece of matzah from the Pesach seder traditionally hidden by adults, found by the children (or vice versa), and then ransomed for gifts after the meal.

  • almemar

    n. The platform on which the Torah is read in synagogue; the bima.

  • antisemitism

    n. Hatred against Jews.

  • bekishe

    n. Long black coat worn by Hasidic men.

  • broiges

    adj. Angry, annoyed.

  • burekas

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

  • Diaspora

    n. "The term for Jewish communities and their residents who live outside of the State of Israel" (JPS).

  • Reform

    a Jewish movement founded on principles of the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah), which rejected the binding nature of the Law and attempted to concentrate on the prophetic message; it is now the largest movement in the United States, and has an additional 1 million adherents worldwide.

  • responsa

    Written decisions and legal rulings by rabbis appointed to be legal deciders.