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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.

  • antisemitism

    n. Hatred against Jews.

  • 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).

  • fatootsed

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

  • gesundheit

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

  • kitke

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

  • pastrami

    n. Smoked, seasoned deli meat.

  • Reform

    n. 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

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

  • spiel

    n. Play, performance, speech.