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  • abus

    interj. "Cute!"

  • achla

    adj. or interj. Awesome, excellent, great, the best.

  • almemar

    n. The platform on which the Torah is read in synagogue; the bima.

  • Aydeh

    Hurry up! Let's go! Let's move on!

  • ayzeh bahsa

    interj. What a misfortune, how unfortunate, bummer.

  • Dahak

    n. A joke.

  • dugree

    adj. Direct, unvarnished, uneuphemistic.

  • falafel

    n. The deep-fried chick pea ball itself.

  • flus

    n. Money.

  • Hadeed

    interj., adj. Awesome.

  • hajj

    v. To stop.

  • hamsa

    n. A hand-shaped amulet (often a wall-hanging or jewelry) conferring good luck or protection, popular in Israel and originally from the Middle East / North Africa.

  • Jidoh

    n. Grandfather.

  • knis

    n. Synagogue, Syrian word for 'shul.'

  • kuracha

    n. Bag for tallit or tefillin.

  • mabrouk

    interj. An expression of joyous congratulations used by Sephardi Jews equivalent to "Mazal tov!"

  • maimouna

    n. A celebration, traditionally among Moroccan Jews, right after Passover ends, marking the springtime and the return to eating chametz (leavened foods which are forbidden on Passover).

  • sababa

    interj. Awesome. Cool.

  • schug

    n. "A Middle Eastern spicy sauce made from fresh hot peppers seasoned with coriander, garlic, and various spices." (source)

  • shawarma

    n. Thinly cut meat (usually lamb, but may be chicken, beef, or other meat) cooked on a vertical rotating spit. Often served on a laffa (large pita type bread, but flat like a pizza dough and without a pocket) and with French fries ("chips" in Israel). Sometimes served on pita.