20 random words retrieved

  1. 1

    matzoh

    unleavened bread eaten on Passover

  2. 2

    babka

    "A loaf type coffee cake" (JPS)

  3. 3

    Land of Israel

    not just the state of Israel but the physical place

  4. 4

    b'sha'ah tovah

    Literally "at a good hour." All in good time. Good luck. Response to a pregnancy announcement--meaning may all go well.

  5. 5

    feygl

    "homosexual" (Rosten)

  6. 6

    peoplehood

    sense of belonging to the world Jewish people

  7. 7

    chatuna

    wedding

  8. 8

    yigdal

    hymn often sung at the end of a prayer service, based on Maimonides' Thirteen Principles of Faith

  9. 9

    midrash

    stories or explanations that interpret or ellaborate on the Torah's text.

  10. 10

    keinehora

    "no evil eye" (Rosten). "An expression said to ward off the evil eye or bad luck in general; the verbal equivalent of knocking on wood." (JPS)

  11. 11

    medakdeik

    "Thorough or painstaking; avoiding error by virtue of the care exercised: CAREFUL." (Weiser) exacting, precise

  12. 12

    mayofes

    a servile person (see note below)

  13. 13

    Shemoneh Esrei

    another name for the Amida, the central prayer during Jewish services. [lit. 'eighteen', the number of blessings it originally had]

  14. 14

    aniyim

    Poor people

  15. 15

    dos

    A derogatory term for ultra-Orthodox/Haredi Jews, common in Israel.

  16. 16

    hazarai

    "Junk, trash" (Rosten)

    junk food

    traif (non-kosher) food

  17. 17

    bekishe

    long black coat worn by Hasidic men

  18. 18

    glitch

    flaw; slight problem in a process

  19. 19

    kelev

    dude

    dog

  20. 20

    biz hundert un tsvantsik

    [may you/he/she live] "until a hundred and twenty [years]" -- often used as a birthday wish for long life, or when mentioning a person who is getting on in years.