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  • antisemitism

    n. Hatred against Jews.

  • atzilut

    n. "The world of divine emanations" (Eisenberg & Scolnic).

  • Av

    n. The eleventh month of the Jewish calendar (or fifth if counting from Nisan).

  • Baal Shem Tov

    n. Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, widely regarded as the founder of Hasidic Judaism.

  • badchen

    n. A merry maker as at a Jewish wedding or other Jewish celebration.

  • beitzah

    n. "The roasted egg placed on the seder plate during the Pesach seder" (JPS).

  • bubbe meise

    n. "Something of little importance, an inconsequential thing or minor happening." (JPS)

  • 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.

  • chametzdik

    adj. Containing or contaminated with chametz (and therefore unfit to be used or eaten by observant Jews on Pesach).

  • Cheshvan

    n. The second month of the Jewish calendar (or eighth if counting from Nisan).

  • Elul

    n. The twelfth month of the Jewish calendar (or sixth if counting from Nisan).

  • Eretz Yisroel

    n. Israel.

  • farbrengen

    n. A gathering or celebration that includes a spiritual or religious component.

  • four questions

    pl. n. A song, comprised of a question and four answers to it, that is sung/recited (traditionally by the youngest child present) at the Pesach seder.

  • g'mar chatima tova

    interj. "A customary greeting among Jews on Yom Kippur [and the period between Yom Kippur and Rosh haShanah]" (JPS). lit. "a good end of [the process of] sealing [in the Book of Life]".

  • Galitzianer

    n. A Jew with ancestry in the Galicia region of Eastern Europe.

  • gelilah

    n. "Binding and bedecking of the Torah scroll[.]" (Glinert)

  • get

    n. A writ or deed of divorce.

  • hadass

    n. Myrtle, one of the arba minim used ritually on Sukkot.

  • hagba

    n. The ceremonial raising of a Sefer Torah for all the congregation to see.