20 random words retrieved

  1. 1

    shtadlan

    an elected or self-appointed Jewish emissary pleading the cause of his people before the authorities

    an intercessor

  2. 2

    lay leader

    a member of the board of directors for a Jewish non-profit organization

    an adult who helps coordinate programs of a Jewish organization in a volunteer capacity

  3. 3

    ongeshnosket

    inebriated, drunk

  4. 4

    behema

    a boor, an uncouth, unmannered individual

    an animal, especially a large one

  5. 5

    farkakte

    "lousy, messed up, ridiculous" (JPS) Shitty, full of crap.

  6. 6

    sechel

    "Common sense" (JPS), intelligence

  7. 7

    yala

    "let's go"

  8. 8

    matzah pizza

    A nickname for Massapequa, a Long Island, NY, suburb with sizable Jewish and Italian populations.

    a dish eaten by American Jews during Passover, where a piece of matzah is covered with tomato sauce and cheese, and placed in the oven.

  9. 9

    Purim

    A joyous holiday that takes place in February or March on the 14th of Adar, retelling the story of the Book of Esther.

  10. 10

    nesiah tovah

    "have a good trip"; bon voyage

  11. 11

    Chelm

    from Yiddish literature/folklore, "The 'legendary' town inhabited by befuddled, stupid, foolish, but endearing people." (JPS). Also a real town in Poland (Chełmno).

  12. 12

    mensch

    "An upright, honorable, a decent person." (Rosten)

  13. 13

    blat

    a page of Talmud (equivalent of Hebrew דף daf)

  14. 14

    tam

    taste

  15. 15

    tuna bagel

    a person (usually a young, Hasidic man) who appears to be religious but is in part or in whole not observant; OR who is observant and wears Hasidic garb, but otherwise behaves like non-Hasidic Orthodox Jews

  16. 16

    FFB

    Short for "frum from birth." Refers to someone who grew up in a religious home, the opposite of a BT (ba'al teshuvah) who became religious as an adult.

  17. 17

    prost

    coarse, base, not classy, vulgar, common

  18. 18

    tznius

    modesty

  19. 19

    plotz

    "1. To split, to burst, to explode. 2. " To be aggravated beyond bearing" (Rosten) [lit. "to explode"]

  20. 20

    teshuvah

    repentance [lit. "return"]