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  • abba

    father, dad, daddy

  • adloyada

    A Purim carnival.

  • aliyah

    "calling to the reading of the Torah" (Glinert)

  • beit knesset

    Jewish place of worship; "synagogue" (JPS)

  • chag sameach

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

  • chalutzim

    Pioneers in the building of the State of Israel.

  • chanukiah

    Nine-branched menorah / candelabrum used on Chanukah

  • chaver


  • chug

    elective class, group activity

  • chutzpah

    guts (positive)

  • Eretz Yisroel


  • falafel

    the deep-fried chick pea ball itself

  • goy

    a nation, but not the Jewish nation

  • halevai

    If only

  • Haredi

    Adjective or noun referring to an individual, institution, or practice associated with strictly Orthodox (non-Modern) Jews.

  • 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.

  • kippah

    "small, round headcovering" (JPS)

  • l'chaim

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

  • mazel