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  • qoqol

    matzoh

  • Reform

    a Jewish movement founded on principles of the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah), which rejected the binding nature of the Law and attempted to concentrate on the prophetic message; it is now the largest movement in the United States, and has an additional 1 million adherents worldwide.

  • refusenik

    Term for Soviet Jews who were not allowed to openly practice Judaism or emigrate from Soviet Union.

  • responsa

    Written decisions and legal rulings by rabbis appointed to be legal deciders.

  • Seharane

    A Kurdish Jewish festival, lasting a few days at the end of Pesach, that traditionally marked the end of winter and the coming of spring (but has, in Israel been celebrated during Sukkot).

  • shabash

    Well done!

  • spiel

    n. Play, performance, speech;

  • vig

    The commission one receives for conducting a transaction, usually gambling or drug deals, but can also be used in day-to-day transactions.

  • wimpel

    a long, linen sash used as a binding for the Sefer Torah by Jews of German (Yekke) origin