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  • 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.

  • 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)]

  • mazel tov

    congratulations [lit. "good fortune"]

  • pita

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

  • sabra

    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)

  • shalom

    hello, goodbye, peace

  • tahini

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