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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.

  • agam

    n. Lake.

  • aggadah

    n. Parts of the Talmud and Midrash that do not deal with law, including stories, fables, and sayings.

  • agunah

    n. A woman whose husband has refused her a get.

  • ahavas yisroel

    n. "Love of one's fellow Jew." (Glinert)

  • Aibishter

    n. God, lit. "supreme one" or "the one above"

  • Akedah

    n. The binding of Isaac (episode in the Torah)

  • akum

    n. A Talmudic term for a heathen.

  • al hanisim

    n. A one-paragraph prayer added to the Amida on Chanukah and Purim.

  • al het

    n. "A Yom Kippur prayer that asks forgiveness for a multitude of sins committed during the previous year" (JPS).

  • al regel achat

    adv. lit. "On one foot"; off-the-cuff; in short; (of a question) "[answered] very briefly and cursorily" (Glinert).

  • al tiftach peh lasatan

    (sentence) "Don't tempt Providence" (Glinert); "Do not tempt fate."

  • aleichem sholom

    interj. Peace be upon you (response to "sholom aleichem").

  • Aleinu

    n. "A prayer in praise of God, Aleinu acknowledges the unique relationship between God and the Jewish people" (JPS)

  • aleph-bet

    n. "A name for the Hebrew alphabet" (JPS)

  • aliyah

    n. "Calling to the reading of the Torah." (Glinert)

  • almemar

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

  • alte bubby

    n. Old woman, great-grandmother.

  • alte haym

    n. Eastern Europe.

  • alte kaker

    n. Elderly person, old-timer; "A crotchety, fussy, ineffectual old man" (Rosten).