20 random words retrieved

  1. 1

    avodah zarah

    a tractate of the Talmud

    idolatry

  2. 2

    ichsa

    an expression of disgust

  3. 3

    muktzah

    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

    egal

    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.

  6. 6

    erev

    "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

    bris

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

  9. 9

    yainee

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

  10. 10

    tsu gezunt

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

  11. 11

    lechatchila

    "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

    bageling

    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

    Yiddish

    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

    hazarai

    "Junk, trash" (Rosten)

    junk food

    traif (non-kosher) food

  17. 17

    haggadah

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

  18. 18

    bragas

    underwear

  19. 19

    counting the omer

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

  20. 20

    baitsim

    balls, testicles, lit. 'eggs'