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  • Ashkenazic

    adj. Adjectival form for 'Ashkenazim', "The name given to the group of Jews who were originally from Germany and France, and their descendants" (JPS).

  • bagel

    n. "A leavened, firm, doughnut shaped roll" (JPS).

  • blintz

    n. A folded thin pancake filled with cheese, fruit, or potatoes.

  • bris

    n. Circumcision ceremony; the celebration surrounding it.

  • bupkis

    adv. Nothing.

  • challah

    n. "The braided egg bread that traditionally is eaten on almost every Jewish holiday and [the Sabbath]" (JPS).

  • chuppah

    n. "The Jewish wedding canopy; that is, the cloth under which the Jewish wedding ceremony is conducted." (JPS)

  • chutzpah

    n. Guts (positive).

  • Cohen

    n. "A male descendent of the family of Aaron, of the tribe of Levi. Aaron and his descendants were consecrated to the service of God... in the Tabernacle... in the desert and later the Holy Temple" (Steinmetz). Often poorly translated as "priest," though the term "Levite" or "Aaronite" is more accurate, especially due to Christian usage (Steinmetz).

  • dreidel

    n. "A small, four-sided spinning top used in a game during Chanukah" (JPS); the top itself.

  • gezunterheyt

    interj. Lit., while in good health.

  • goy

    n. A nation, but not the Jewish nation.

  • hamentaschen

    n. "Small, triangular-shaped cookies filled with fruit or jam that are eaten on Purim." (JPS)

  • Hasid

    n. A disciple of a rabbi.

  • Hasidic

    adj. Of or relating to Hasidic Judaism or Hasidic Jews.

  • kibbitz

    v. "To socialize aimlessly...To carry on a running commentary." (Rosten)

  • klezmer

    n. "Eastern European style of instrumental music." (JPS)

  • knaidel

    n. Matzah ball; "a dumpling made of matzah meal meal and beaten eggs, usually served in chicken broth, often at the Pesach seder." (JPS)

  • knish

    n. Eastern European dumpling with thin dough filled with potato, kasha, onion, meat, and/or other ingredients.

  • kosher

    adj. "Acceptable according to Jewish [ritual] law" (JPS); "trustworthy, reliable" (Rosten); acceptable according to dietary laws.