Literally, “dedication of the house;" ceremony during which a mezuzah is affixed to a doorpost.  

A mixture of fruits, nuts, spices and wine eaten as part of the Passover seder. Its color and consistency reminds us of the bricks and mortar used by the Israelite slaves.


Informal group that meets for worship, study and celebration; plural: chavurot, havurot.

Hebrew word for “cantor,” meaning a trained clergyperson who specializes in Jewish liturgical music and leading worship through song. 

Another vegetable, often romaine lettuce, that appears on the Passover seder plate. Chazeret is used in addition to maror as a bitter herb.

"Hebrew school" (old-fashioned). In Eastern Europe, it was elementary school.

A Hebrew term for “sin.” Cheit is a Hebrew archery term meaning “missing the mark.” A section of High Holiday liturgy is the Al Cheit, a confession of ways in which we “missed the mark” during the past year.  


Compassionate concern and kindness of the living for a deceased.

"Missing the mark;" a Hebrew term for sin.

"Sacred society;" organization whose members are entrusted with the mitzvah of preparing a body for burial.