Literally, “hand.” The pointer, often a hand with the index finger extended, used by the Torah reader to keep one’s place in the scroll and to avoid touching the ink on the scroll.
Memorial candle lit on the anniversary of a loved one's death and also on days when Yizkor is recited.
Days of Awe." Alternate name for the High Holidays, and the 10-day period beginning with Rosh HaShanah and concluding with Yom Kippur.
"Privacy" or "seclusion;" the short period of time a couple may elect to spend alone immediately after their wedding ceremony.
Lit. "oneness." Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the wedding couple often disappear to a private place for yichud. In this seclusion they affirm the unity they have achieved in their hearts and souls under the chuppah. This special time allows them to share their first moments alone as partners before the celebration begins.
Judeo-German language combining old German and Hebrew spoken by the Jews of Eastern Europe. Also known as "Jewish."
The Hebrew word for “Israel,” it refers to the Land (Eretz Yisrael), people (Am Yisrael), and the modern State of Israel (M’dinat Yisrael). Israel is a name for the biblical patriarch Jacob, given to him as a blessing after he wrestled with God (Genesis 32:22-32).
"Remember;" memorial service held on Yom Kippur and on the last day of Pesach, Shavout, and Sukkot.
Israeli Independence Day, which commemorates the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948.
Yom Ha-Din, Yom ha-Din
"Day of Judgement;" alternate name for Rosh HaShanah
Holocaust Remembrance Day, on which we remember the Holocaust and honor the memory of those who perished.
Israeli Memorial Day on which citizens remember the soldiers who lost their lives fighting the War of Independence and other subsequent battles.
"Day of Atonement;" holiest day of the Jewish year, which includes a focus on prayer, repentance and fasting.
"Day of Shofar Blowing;" alternate name for Rosh HaShanah.
"Good Day;" the term, often pronounced as yuntiff (Yiddish) has come to mean "holiday;" "Good Yuntiff" is often used a holiday greeting.
"Jerusalem Day;" Israeli holiday that commemorates the 1967 reunification of Jerusalem and Israeli control of the Old City.
"Days of Awe;" alternate name for the High Holy Days.
Yud, Hey, Vav, Hey
The Hebrew four letters that spell the tetragrammaton, the unpronounceable name of God; despite the spelling, most often pronounced “Adonai.”
The belief that there should be a Jewish homeland in Zion (Israel).
Z’man Matan Torateinu
Literally, “the time of the giving of our Torah.” This refers to the holiday of Shavuot.
Literally, “bone.” It is customary to place a shank bone on the seder plate as a reminder of the Passover sacrifice in Temple times.