20 random words retrieved

  1. 1

    kitke

    challah: braided egg-bread eaten on the Sabbath

  2. 2

    mission

    An organized trip meant to expose participants to the work of a nonprofit organization, raise awareness of a cause, and/or deliver supplies or services to a deserving population. Unlike the Christian use of the word "mission," Jewish missions do not signify a proselytizing motive.

  3. 3

    kol hakavod

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

    "well done" (Glinert)

  4. 4

    seminary

    Post-high school learning program for women; usually located in Jerusalem and associated with an Orthodox religious outlook

  5. 5

    gedolim

    Important, influential people, especially renowned rabbis of the present or recent past. Luminaries (Weiser)

    Secondary usage: feces or excrement.

  6. 6

    landsman

    Someone who comes from the same or nearby hometown, especially if one or both of you no longer lives there and all the more so if one or both now live far away from home, in which case an entire region (e.g., metro NY) or country e.g., Poland) may be the point of connection.

  7. 7

    shpilkes

    nervous energy, restlessness. Lit. 'pins'

  8. 8

    Hashem

    God, lit. "the name"

  9. 9

    chol hamoed

    "the intermediate days of the weeklong holidays of Pesach and Sukkot" (JPS)

  10. 10

    JFK

    Acronym: "Just for Kiddush." A joking or dismissive designation for a person who skips Saturday morning services but arrives at synagogue for the kiddush luncheon

  11. 11

    bedieved

    done after the fact; ex post facto

    "done just well enough to fulfill a need or duty; perfunctorily" (Weiser, Frumspeak)

    "resentfully; without enthusiasm; begrudgingly" (Weiser, Frumspeak)

    "under duress, or done when no options are available; as a last resort" (Weiser, Frumspeak)

  12. 12

    pasken

    to rule halachically

  13. 13

    Be well

    Closing to a letter or conversation: Take care, be healthy

  14. 14

    machmir

    stringent, "taking the stricter position on an issue" (Weiser)

    meticulous

  15. 15

    glatt

    Showing consistency of reason (Weiser).

    Super-kosher (not only of food), or acceptable to the Haredi community.

  16. 16

    chazarah

    (n.) review of material previously studied

  17. 17

    Borscht Belt

    region in the Catskill Mountains with many summer resorts frequented by Jews, especially in the mid twentieth century

  18. 18

    beis hamikdash

    The Temple in Jerusalem

  19. 19

    gurnisht

    "nothing, zilch, zero" (JPS)

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    mekayam

    to fulfill an obligation