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  • chag sameach

    interj. "Literally, 'Happy Holiday.' The traditional, all-purpose greeting exchanged on almost any Jewish holiday" (JPS).

  • chuppah

    n. "The Jewish wedding canopy; that is, the cloth under which the Jewish wedding ceremony is conducted." (JPS)

  • chutzpah

    n. Guts (positive).

  • goy

    n. A nation, but not the Jewish nation.

  • klezmer

    n. "Eastern European style of instrumental music." (JPS)

  • lashon hara

    n. "Gossip." (lit. "evil tongue") (JPS)

  • mazel

    n. Congratulations.

  • mazel tov

    interj. Congratulations [lit. "good fortune"].

  • megillah

    n. Can also refer to the physical scroll on which one is written.

  • meshuga

    adj. Crazy.

  • mitzvah

    n. Good deed.

  • shalom

    interj. Hello, goodbye, peace.

  • shiksa

    n. "1. A non-Jewish girl. 2. A housemaid. 3. An irreligious or nonobservant Jewish girl. The term is often regarded as disparaging." (Steinmetz)

  • siddur

    n. Jewish prayer book.

  • tuches

    n. Buttocks.

  • tza'ar ba'alei chayim

    n. Pity for living creatures (Steinmetz), or compassion for animals.