Here is a collection of many commonly used “Jewish” words—both Hebrew and Yiddish—and anything else your Hebrew school teacher would be proud of you for knowing.
The mezuzah is traditionally affixed to the doorposts of Jewish homes. In recent years it has also become a piece of jewelry to wear around the neck as a symbol of Jewishness.
Video about the Mezuzah
Learn more about the mezuzah on the links below.
Articles about the Mezuzah
- The Message of the Mezuzah by Rich Robinson
Tallit and Tzitzit
The Siddur is the Jewish prayer book. Many prayers of our Siddur are as old as Solomon’s Temple. The Psalms were the “prayer book” of Israel in the days of the kings and the prophets. The Sh’ma was taught to Israel by Moses himself. However, it was only after the Exile that the prayer service as we know it began to take shape.
Explore the world of the Siddur on these pages.
challa: ceremonial Sabbath bread; egg bread
cheder: literally, one room school; a religious school for elementary-level Jewish children
mikvah: ritual bath
minyan: quorum of at least ten men for prayer
mitzvah: commandment, or righteous deed
shiddach: match for a bride or groom
tallit: prayer shawl