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  • Baal Shem Tov

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

  • chametzdik

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

  • Eretz Yisroel

    n. Israel.

  • Galitzianer

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

  • get

    n. A writ or deed of divorce.

  • Hasidic

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

  • hoo-ha

    interj. Interjection of admiration or astonishment.

  • Knesset

    n. Israel's parliament.

  • Lag BaOmer

    n. The thirty-third day of the Omer on which the Omer's customs of semi-mourning pause for a day and on which it is a tradition to hold a bonfire and celebrate.

  • Litvak

    n. A Jew with ancestry in Lithuania or nearby regions.

  • Maariv

    n. The Jewish evening prayer service.

  • Mincha

    n. The Jewish afternoon prayer service.

  • mitzvah

    n. Good deed.

  • Purim

    n. A joyous holiday that takes place in February or March on the 14th of Adar, retelling the story of the Book of Esther.

  • rebetzin

    n. Wife of a rabbi.

  • Sefer Torah

    n. A Torah scroll (a scroll with the text of The Five Books of Moses on it).

  • Shacharit

    n. The Jewish morning prayer service.

  • Shavuot

    n. A Jewish holiday celebrating the anniversary of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai and the first harvest of spring.

  • Shema

    n. Prayer recited in most services as well as at bedtime, and when death is imminent; one of the most important and well-known prayers in Judaism.

  • shul

    n. Synagogue.