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  • Aramaic

    n. Judeo-Aramaic, a northern Semitic language related to Hebrew.

  • chad gadya

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

  • chevra kedisha

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

  • 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.

  • halevai

    interj. If only.

  • havurah

    n. A group of friends, frequently a social or religious group, either within a synagogue or apart from one.

  • 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).

  • Kaddish

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

  • Psukei d'Zimrah

    n. The first part of morning services, after the morning blessings mostly comprised of Psalms [lit. "verses of praise"].

  • ushpizin

    n. Transcendent "guests" welcomed into the sukkah during Sukkot, one per day.