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a piece of matzah from the Passover seder traditionally hidden by adults, found by the children (or vice versa), and then ransomed for gifts after the meal. "The last piece of matzoh...eaten at the meal." (Steinmetz)
The extensive settlement of Jews outside the land of Israel after the Babylonian Exile in 586 BCE.
"The term for Jewish communities and their residents who live outside of the State of Israel" (JPS).
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