And I know y'all watched that episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter so you should need no further explanation than that. Sorry, there’s no way to simplify this one beyond that, I promise. Gemara - A compendium of rabbinic legal discussion and analysis on various topics - it has a lot of very specific terms (some real, some slang) that those who never learned Gemara (or whose family members haven’t learned it) wouldn’t necessarily be familiar with. People usually sit on the floor in a circle for some reason. Completely legit and not at all blasphemous to use when talking about hot dudes! Megillat Esther - The book of Esther, read for Purim.
Assimilation has been the biggest cause of loss to the Jewish population in America.
Intermarriage, along with the movement away from Jewish education, has resulted in Jewish people who are unaffiliated and who are not connected to our traditions. In a Jewish family, the Jewish mother is central to passing along the traditions.
Just know that it’s annoying as anything to do when you don’t have any means of transportation. Vidoy - Also spelled Vidui, a confessional prayer recited during Yom Kippur, and at various other times.
The Jewish people account for less than one percent of the world’s population.
Scenario #1 Gas Station Twenty year old religious girl pumping gas into her car. Well, imagine my surprise when last motzei Shabbat, while in Israel (7 hours ahead of North America) I logged onto Frumster (after adding a line to my profile saying “currently in Israel) to check my…
Younger dude approaches her, also offers, she says thanks but…
Yom Kippur - Major serious holiday, 25 hour fast included.
Tisha B'av - A major Jewish fast day where we mourn lots of sucky things that happened to Jews in the past on this day. Having never been in a Yichud Room myself, I’ll just stick with the official party line on this description….
If you need a translation that’s not listed here, just ask. Aicha - A megilla that is read on Tisha B'aav, which is a major Jewish fast (and all-around very sad) day. (We usually are.)Boobah - Term of endearment - it means ‘doll’ in Hebrew and people like to say it to their kids. Involves lots of time at Synagogue praying in the morning. Some people pronounce it as 'Yuntif’ but I cannot do it.