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  • 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.

  • l'chaim

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

  • mazel tov

    congratulations [lit. "good fortune"]

  • pita

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

  • tahini

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