Judeo-German language combining old German and Hebrew spoken by the Jews of Eastern Europe. Also known as "Jewish."
Intensive Hebrew course.
"15th of Shevat;" New Year of the Trees; Jewish Arbor Day, which is a minor festival.
Seventh month on the Hebrew calendar; Rosh HaShanah falls on the first day of this month.
Literally, “commandment." A sacred obligation. Jewish tradition says the Torah contains 613 mitzvot Mitzvot refer to both religious and ethical obligations.
Literally “instruction” or “teaching.” The first five books of the Hebrew Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy); the handwritten scroll that contains the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. Also called the Pentateuch and The Five Books of Moses. “Torah” is also used to refer to the entire body of Jewish religious teachings and insight.
Tenakh, Tenak, Tanach, Tanakh
Acronym for the Hebrew Bible, constructed from the first letters of its three sections: Torah, Neviim, and Ketuvim.
Torah portion. The five books of the Torah are divided into 54 parashiyot or portions. Each week, Jewish communities read one parashah (singular of parashiyot); in this way, Jewish communities read the entire Torah over the course of a year. Depending on the calendar, some weeks will feature a “double-portion.” The name of each portion is taken from the first few significant words of the portion; plural: parashiyot
"Repair of the world;" Jewish concept that it is our responsibility to partner with God to improve the world. A mystical concept of restoration of God's holiest Name to itself and the repair of a shattered world. Often refers to social action and social justice.