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  • afikomen

    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)

  • antisemitism

    Hatred against Jews.

  • burekas

    A Turkish pastry filled with potatoes, other vegetables, and sometimes cheese.

  • Diaspora

    "The term for Jewish communities and their residents who live outside of the State of Israel" (JPS).

  • fatootsed

    enervated, played out, knackered, terminally fatigued

  • gesundheit

    Health. (Bless you) - said in response to a sneeze.

  • kitke

    braided egg-bread eaten on the Sabbath (known as challah elsewhere)

  • pastrami

    Smoked, seasoned deli meat

  • Reform

    a Jewish movement founded on principles of the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah), which rejected the binding nature of the Law and attempted to concentrate on the prophetic message; it is now the largest movement in the United States, and has an additional 1 million adherents worldwide.

  • refusenik

    Term for Soviet Jews who were not allowed to openly practice Judaism or emigrate from Soviet Union.

  • spiel

    play, performance, speech. "A long, involved story or tale." (JPS)