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  • almemar

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

  • falafel

    n. The deep-fried chick pea ball itself.

  • 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.

  • tahini

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