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  • anash

    members of the Hasidic community

  • Chabad

    an outreach-oriented branch of Hasidic Judaism that follows the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Chabad has thousands of branches around the world, including at many college campuses.

  • chutz la'aretz

    Outside of Israel; the disapora, lit. "outside the land."

  • Eretz Yisroel


  • hakarat hatov

    acknowledgement of support

  • Knesset

    Israel's parliament

  • maccabiah

    international Jewish sports competition, known as the Jewish Olympics, held (mostly) every four years since 1932; smaller regional competitions held in Jewish community centers around the world

  • madrich

    1. Youth counselor or supervisor 2. A teacher's assistant for elementary and middle schoolers during classes in religious schools.

  • meguyar

    A convert to Judaism.

  • mekurav

    non-Orthodox congregants and supporters of Chabad houses

  • oleh

    Immigrant to Israel; a person who makes aliyah.

  • prutah

    two cents (fig.)

  • remez

    "a mark or detail that suggests the existence of implicit information, a trace, an allusion" (Weiser)

  • Shabbat

    The Jewish Sabbath; Saturday

  • Shabbat Shalom

    Greeting or departing line (hello or goodbye) used on or during the few days leading up to Shabbat. Literally "peaceful Sabbath."

  • shchuna

    "the religious neighborhood" (often referring to Crown Heights)

  • svara

    justification, reason, plausible explanation

  • Yom Ha'atzmaut

    Israeli Independence Day

  • zatsal

    of righteous memory