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  • afikomen

    n. A piece of matzah from the Pesach seder traditionally hidden by adults, found by the children (or vice versa), and then ransomed for gifts after the meal.

  • almemar

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

  • antisemitism

    n. Hatred against Jews.

  • bekishe

    n. Long black coat worn by Hasidic men.

  • bialy

    n. A flat breakfast roll, shaped like a round wading pool, sometimes sprinkled with onion. (Rosten)

  • broiges

    adj. Angry, annoyed.

  • burekas

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

  • Diaspora

    n. "The term for Jewish communities and their residents who live outside of the State of Israel" (JPS).

  • fartootst

    adj. "The state of being bewildered, disoriented, discombobulated; slightly more intense than tsedrayt." (Rosten)

  • fatootsed

    adj. Enervated, played out, knackered, terminally fatigued.

  • fertig

    interj. Done! Often an exclamation of relief or accomplishment immediately after completing a task or chore.

  • gaveta

    n. Locker behind the synagogue seat.

  • gesundheit

    interj. Health. (Bless you) - said in response to a sneeze.

  • ghattis

    n. Derogatory term for working-class or boorish Afrikaaner person.

  • gondi

    n. A Persian Jewish soup, commonly prepared on Shabbat, consisting of a meatball/meat dumpling prepared with ground chickpeas in a chicken or meat broth.

  • hamsayeh

    n. Neighbor.

  • JalapeƱo Bagel

    n. A person of Hispanic (non-Jewish) and Jewish origins.

  • kitke

    n. Braided egg-bread eaten on the Sabbath (known as challah elsewhere).

  • lekvar

    n. Prune filling.

  • pastrami

    n. Smoked, seasoned deli meat.