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  • chag sameach

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

  • chutzpah

    guts (positive)

  • goy

    a nation, but not the Jewish nation

  • hummus

    A puree of ground chickpeas and sesame seeds.

  • kibbutz

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

  • l'chaim

    traditional toast. [lit. "to life" (Rosten)]

  • mazel


  • mazel tov

    congratulations [lit. "good fortune"]

  • pita

    A round, thin bread with a pocket, eaten plain or with filling as a sandwich.

  • Shabbat

    The Jewish Sabbath; Saturday

  • tahini

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

  • tehina

    A paste made from ground sesame seeds, used as a dip or spread.