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  • burekas

    n. A Turkish pastry filled with potatoes, other vegetables, and sometimes cheese.

  • chag sameach

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

  • chutzpah

    n. Guts (positive).

  • 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

    interj. Traditional toast. [lit. "to life" (Rosten)]

  • mazel

    n. Congratulations.

  • mazel tov

    interj. Congratulations [lit. "good fortune"].

  • pita

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

  • tahini

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

  • tehina

    n. A paste made from ground sesame seeds, used as a dip or spread.