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  • antisemitism

    n. Hatred against Jews.

  • Chabad

    n. An outreach-oriented branch of Hasidic Judaism that follows the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Chabad has thousands of branches around the world, including at many college campuses.

  • Hasidic

    adj. Of or relating to Hasidic Judaism or Hasidic Jews.

  • Hillel

    n. An organization for Jewish college life, especially in North America.

  • hoo-ha

    interj. Interjection of admiration or astonishment.

  • Knesset

    n. Israel's parliament.

  • mitzvah

    n. Good deed.

  • motza

    n. A large amount of money, a fortune.

  • 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.

  • shtum

    adj. Quiet, voiceless, mute.

  • Zionism

    n. "A worldwide political movement that worked toward the establishment of a Jewish homeland" (JPS).

  • Zionist

    n. A supporter of Zionism, i.e. a person who believes that the Jewish people has the right to a Jewish state in the land of Israel.