20 random words retrieved

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    avodah zarah

    a tractate of the Talmud


  2. 2


    an expression of disgust

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    An object that it is forbidden to handle on the Sabbath and on certain holidays (generally because the object's primary purpose involves actions considered work and forbidden on those days).

  4. 4

    farshteyst? (farshteyt)

    literally 'do you understand?'

  5. 5


    adj. describing a non-Orthodox Jewish prayer group or service in which men and women can participate equally and a mechitzah (boundary separating women from men) is not used.

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    "Eve of." (Glinert) Evening, or the day before a Jewish holiday

  7. 7

    bli neder

    "Literally, 'without vowing', this is added to any casual promise to avoid it being taken as an absolute undertaking." (Glinert)

  8. 8


    circumcision ceremony; the celebration surrounding it. Lit. covenant.

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    other types of chassidim [i.e. non-Chabad] , especially youth

  10. 10

    tsu gezunt

    a response after another person sneezes (analogous to "bless you")

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    "to begin with; altogether" (Weiser, Frumspeak)

    "done in the best possible way; optimally" (Weiser, Frumspeak)

    "occurring at the beginning; at first; initially" (Weiser, Frumspeak)

  12. 12


    Identifying another person as a Jew.

    Inserting a Jewish phrase or concept into a conversation in order to determine whether the other person is or isn't Jewish.

  13. 13


    Traditional language of Ashkenazic Jewry. A descendant of High German, its vocabulary is roughly 80% Germanic, 10% Hebrew and 10% Slavic (depending on author/speaker and setting/genre)

  14. 14

    limudei kodesh

    "holy studies"; Jewish religious studies

  15. 15

    chadar ochel

    dining hall, dining room

  16. 16


    "Junk, trash" (Rosten)

    junk food

    traif (non-kosher) food

  17. 17


    "The small book of liturgy, prayers, songs, and rituals used at a Pesach seder" (JPS)

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  19. 19

    counting the omer

    counting of each of the forty-nine days between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuos

  20. 20


    balls, testicles, lit. 'eggs'