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  • apikoros

    n. Heretic, non-believer, especially one with great knowledge of Judaism.

  • bat mitzvah

    n. In gender egalitarian communities, the ceremony of a 13- (or 12-) year-old girl's first calling up to the Torah, symbolizing her adulthood in Jewish life. can also refer to the girl herself. In Orthodox communities, refers to celebration of girl turning 12. "Celebration of a Jewish girl's coming of age; a girl who has reached that age." (Glinert)

  • chad gadya

    n. The name of a song sung at the end of the Passover seder.

  • chavruta

    n. Learning partnership; joint study session. "The person with whom one studies religious texts" (Weiser).

  • chevra kedisha

    n. Burial society - volunteers who sit with the dead and prepare their bodies for burial.

  • chumrah

    n. A religious stringency.

  • davka

    adv. Even; despite expectations to the contrary -- often with a slightly amused or ironic feeling of "wouldn't you know it?" or "of all things" ("of all people" ... etc.)

  • duchen

    n. A ritual where the kohanim recite the Priestly Blessing (Num. 6:24-26), blessing the rest of the congregation.

  • gemara

    n. "A compilation of 300 years of rabbis' legal and ethical commentaries on the Mishnah...together, the Gemara and the Mishnah comprise the Talmud." (JPS)

  • get

    n. A writ or deed of divorce.

  • girsa d'yankuta

    n. That which was learned as a young child.

  • halevai

    interj. If only.

  • Hoshana Rabbah

    prop. n. A holiday taking place on the seventh day of Sukkot, "when it is traditional...to parade around the sanctuary carrying the lulav and etrog and to engage in all-night study of Jewish texts" (JPS).

  • ipcha mistabra

    interj. "The opposite is more reasonable"; "you have it backwards."

  • Kaddish

    n. Prayer of mourning; one of several similar prayers separating parts of the service.

  • kallah

    n. Jewish communal gathering, conference.

  • ketubah

    n. "The Jewish marriage contract, traditionally written in Aramaic." (JPS)

  • pita

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

  • sidra

    n. Weekly Torah portion.

  • tenai

    n. "A condition of circumstance upon which a certain effect is predicated: Stipulation." (Weiser).