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  • achla

    adj. or interj. Awesome, excellent, great, the best.

  • ayzeh bahsa

    interj. What a misfortune, how unfortunate, bummer.

  • dugree

    adj. Direct, unvarnished, uneuphemistic.

  • hamsa

    n. A hand-shaped amulet (often a wall-hanging or jewelry) conferring good luck or protection, popular in Israel and originally from the Middle East / North Africa.

  • mabrouk

    interj. An expression of joyous congratulations used by Sephardi Jews equivalent to "Mazal tov!"

  • sababa

    interj. Awesome. Cool.

  • schug

    n. "A Middle Eastern spicy sauce made from fresh hot peppers seasoned with coriander, garlic, and various spices." (source)

  • shawarma

    n. Thinly cut meat (usually lamb, but may be chicken, beef, or other meat) cooked on a vertical rotating spit. Often served on a laffa (large pita type bread, but flat like a pizza dough and without a pocket) and with French fries ("chips" in Israel). Sometimes served on pita.

  • tahini

    n. "A creamy paste made from ground sesame seeds." (JPS)

  • yala

    interj. "Let's go."

  • zatar

    n. An Israeli spice mixture made from oregano, basil, thyme, and savory.