20 random words retrieved

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    Tu Bishvat

    Jewish Arbor Day, the New Year for Trees, literally 'the 15th day of Shevat'.

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    ketubah

    "The Jewish marriage contract, traditionally written in Aramaic." (JPS)

  3. 3

    teiku

    The question remains unanswered.

    An unanswered question.

  4. 4

    ungepatchke

    overdone, tacky, ostentatious, overcomplicated. "Excessively and unaesthetically decorated; overly baroque." (Rosten)

  5. 5

    bulvan

    loud mouth know-it-all; "a boorish, brutish person" (Steinmetz)

  6. 6

    reb

    "sir"; "mister"

  7. 7

    oy

    exclamation of dismay, exasperation, or surprise

  8. 8

    Jewdar

    ability to detect individuals' Jewishness (on analogy with "gaydar" and ultimately "radar")

  9. 9

    maapilim

    Jews who immigrated illegally to Palestine during British control in the 1930s and 1940s - Aliyah Bet

    Biblical: the group of the Children of Israel that went, unauthorized, to the Land of Israel after the episode with the spies

  10. 10

    beit cafe

    coffee house

  11. 11

    chametz

    Leavened food.

  12. 12

    moshl

    parable, example

  13. 13

    kapote

    long black coat worn by Hasidic men

  14. 14

    segula

    Folk remedy, safeguard, superstitious action, talisman

    divinely bestowed reward as a result of an individual's participation in a minhag or mitzvah

    "procedure that is not based on medical or scientific logic yet is efficacious in improving a situation or protecting a person from harm" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Segula_(Kabbalah))

  15. 15

    gabai

    verb: to serve as gabai

    noun: The officer of the synagogue who determines which congregants are to receive Torah honors at the service.

    noun: The (lay) person who calls Jews to say blessings over the Torah reading and follows along with the Torah reading to correct any mistakes.

  16. 16

    I wish you well to wear it

    A saying uttered on seeing a friend or relative wearing a new garment or accessory. It is value-neutral, not implying that the garment is nice, just that it is new.

  17. 17

    farbrente

    fiery, devout, fervent [lit. 'burning']

  18. 18

    latka

    "a potato pancake [fried in oil traditionally eaten on Chanukah]" (Rosten)

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    kuracha

    Tefillin bag

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    hachnasas orchim

    hospitality (lit. "bringing in guests")