"Noisemaker" (Hebrew); used to drown out Haman's name during the M'gillah reading on Purim.
Triangle-shaped pastries commonly filled with apricot jam or poppyseed spread (or other fillings) and eaten on Purim; the shape represents Haman's hat or ears
"Scroll;" One of the five m'gillot (plural) in the Bible: Esther, Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentation and Ecclesiastes.
"Sending of portions" (Hebrew). Baskets of sweets and other foods exchanged among friends on Purim.
Hebrew word meaning "catastrophe", referring to the Holocaust.
"15th of Shevat;" New Year of the Trees; Jewish Arbor Day, which is a minor festival.
Holocaust Remembrance Day, on which we remember the Holocaust and honor the memory of those who perished.
Irrational hatred of Jews.
Organized attack on Jewish communities in Eastern Europe during the 19th and early 20th century.
"Lots" (Hebrew). Holiday that commemorates Queen Esther's actions to save the Jews of Persia from death; marked by a festive reading of the story, contained in the Scroll of Esther.