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  • abba

    n. Father, dad, daddy.

  • aliyah

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

  • avodah

    n. "Service and worship of God" (Eisenberg).

  • beit knesset

    n. Jewish place of worship; "synagogue" (JPS).

  • besamim

    n. "Literally, 'spices.' It almost always refers to the spices in the spice box used for the Havdalah ceremony" (JPS).

  • chanukiah

    n. Nine-branched menorah / candelabrum used on Chanukah.

  • davka

    adv. Even; despite expectations to the contrary -- often with a slightly amused or ironic feeling of "wouldn't you know it?" or "of all things" ("of all people" ... etc.)

  • Eretz Yisroel

    n. Israel.

  • halevai

    interj. If only.

  • Haredi

    adj. (Of an individual, institution, or practice) associated with strictly Orthodox (non-Modern Orthodox) Jews.

  • havurah

    n. A group of friends, frequently a social or religious group, either within a synagogue or apart from one.

  • kippah

    n. "Small, round headcovering." (JPS)

  • kol hakavod

    interj. Literally, "All the honor", as in "More honor to you!"

  • mazel

    n. Congratulations.

  • nu

    interj. So what?; so?; hurry up already.

  • remez

    n. "A mark or detail that suggests the existence of implicit information, a trace, an allusion." (Weiser)

  • Shabbat

    n. The Jewish Sabbath; Saturday.

  • Shabbat Shalom

    interj. Greeting or departing line (hello or goodbye) used on or during the few days leading up to Shabbat. Literally "peaceful Sabbath."

  • Shemini Atzeret

    n. Holiday celebrated the day after the seven-day holiday of Sukkot.

  • shidduch

    n. A date in the process of finding one's spouse.