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  • burekas

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

  • Chabad

    n. An outreach-oriented branch of Hasidic Judaism that follows the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Chabad has thousands of branches around the world, including at many college campuses.

  • chag sameach

    interj. "Literally, 'Happy Holiday.' The traditional, all-purpose greeting exchanged on almost any Jewish holiday" (JPS).

  • chutzpah

    n. Guts (positive).

  • goy

    n. A nation, but not the Jewish nation.

  • hummus

    n. A puree of ground chickpeas and sesame seeds.

  • kibbutz

    n. "[Israeli agricultural] collective" (Glinert) Most settlements in Israeli which originally began as kibbutzim now function as regular municipalities.

  • Knesset

    n. Israel's parliament.

  • krav maga

    n. A form of mixed martial arts developed in the Israeli Army but popularized worldwide. Literally means "contact combat."

  • l'chaim

    interj. Traditional toast. [lit. "to life" (Rosten)]

  • maccabiah

    n. International Jewish sports competition, known as the Jewish Olympics, held (mostly) every four years since 1932; smaller regional competitions held in Jewish community centers around the world.

  • mazel

    n. Congratulations.

  • mazel tov

    interj. Congratulations [lit. "good fortune"].

  • pita

    n. A round, thin bread with a pocket, eaten plain or with filling as a sandwich.

  • sabra

    n. A prickly pear, "tough and prickly on the outside, tender and sweet on the inside--a description that many say fits citizens of the Jewish state." (JPS)

  • schug

    n. "A Middle Eastern spicy sauce made from fresh hot peppers seasoned with coriander, garlic, and various spices." (source)

  • shalom

    interj. Hello, goodbye, peace.

  • Shoah

    n. Eastern European Holocaust (of World War II).

  • tahini

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

  • tehina

    n. A paste made from ground sesame seeds, used as a dip or spread.