20 random words retrieved
Ethiopian Jewish community
"Borshtsh" is the Russian word for beet soup. Among Jews soup made from beets is considered Polish borshtsh, while Russian borshtsh is made from cabbage.
"An Eastern European soup traditionally made with beets." (JPS)
hospitality (lit. "bringing in guests")
"The world to come"; the messianic age; Heaven
"heaven forbid" (Steinmetz's Yiddish and English dictionary)
another name for the Amida, the central prayer during Jewish services. [lit. 'eighteen', the number of blessings it originally had]
Literally, "All the honor", as in "More honor to you!"
"well done" (Glinert)
"A name for the Hebrew alphabet" (JPS)
Intuitive knowledge that comes from a lifetime of Torah study.
The authoritative wisdom of the tradition mediated by "gedolim" or great rabbis.
halachic midday and midnight
Someone who does extremely righteous deeds.
A highly learned and esteemed rabbinic leader (sometimes used as an alternative name for a Hasidic rebbe).
Common name for the 18th letter of the Hebrew alphabet (tzadi / tzade).
a rabbinic judge who may directly question and cross-examine witnesses
a judge who sits and adjudicates cases involving religious practices or spiritual matters
Used as a greeting or departing line (hello or goodbye) on or before Shabbat. Literally "peaceful Sabbath."
"excommunication; ostracism" (Yiddish)
suspicious-looking action; doing something that may cause an observer to think that one violated halachah and thus arouse suspicion, or alternatively, doing something that could mislead somebody to interpret than an action is permitted and then violate halachah him/herself
dining hall, dining room
the body of law surrounding menstruation, lit. "family purity"
the separation between men and women in Orthodox prayer spaces [lit. "separation"]