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Afikomena cake of unleavened bread eaten at the end of the Passover meal.
Aggadanon-legal portion of Talmudic literature.
Amora (pl. Amoraim)post-Mishnaic authorities cited in the Talmud (c. 220-500 C.E.).
Dibbukspirit of deceased person which has entered body of living person.
Gaon (pl. Geonim)heads of Babylonian and Palestinian academies after the sixth century.
Gehinnomrealm in which the wicked expiate their sins.
Gemaraportion of the Talmud containing Amoraic commentary on the Mishna.
Gilgultransmigration of souls.
Habdalahritual marking the close of Sabbath and holidays.
Halachalegal portion of Talmudic literature; legal tradition, generally.
Hoshana Rabbahseventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
Jahrzeitannual commemoration of death.
Kaddish, more specifically, kaddish yatomprayer for mourners.
Kiddushblessing over wine at inception of Sabbath and holidays.
Lag Bomerthirty-third day in the counting of the Omer; 18th of Iyar.
Mazalstar or constellation.
Mezuzah (pl. Mezuzot)a Biblical inscription attached to the doorpost.
Midrashcommentary on the Bible, mainly of an Aggadic nature.
Minyanminimum of ten men required to constitute a congregation.
Mishnathe "Oral Law" forming basis of the Talmud; edited c. 220 C.E. by R. Judah HaNassi.
Rosh HashanaNew Year.
SederPassover meal and service.
Sefirotthe ten creative attributes of God, according to the Kabbalah.
Shechinahthe divine Presence.
Shemathe verse beginning, "Hear, O Israel" (Deut. 6:4), and the prayer composed of Deut. 6:4-9, 11:13-21, Nu. 15:37-41.
SukkotFeast of Tabernacles.
Tanna (pl. Tannaim)authorities cited in the Mishna and coëval writings.
TargumAramaic translation of the Bible.
Tekufah"turning of the sun," i.e., the solstices and equinoxes.
Yom KippurDay of Atonement.