Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms is a unique and much needed resource to the way many Hebrew, Yiddish, and Aramaic words and meanings are used by English speakers. Sol Steinmetz draws upon his years of experience as an editor of dictionaries, as well as his lifelong study of Jewish history, traditions, and practices, to lead the reader through the essentially uncharted territory of Jewish usage.
Dictionary of Jewish Usage clarifies the meanings of Jewish terms that have been absorbed into English, as well as the transliterated Hebrew terms from sacred texts that reflect differing pronunciations. The dictionary also explains terms that are often misused, sheds light on the meaning of clusters of terminology, and delineates the etymology and pronunciation of many words, making this an invaluable guide for anyone curious about Jewish usage.
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acronym adjective aliyah Anglicized Aramaic Ashkenazi Ashkenazi Hebrew badchen bar mitzvah bentsh Bible Biblical blessing borrowed brew called century ceremony chag Chanukah Christian chuppah clothing terms common custom derived from Hebrew Diaspora Dictionary dish Eastern Yiddish Eretz especially festival food terms Gemara Greek halachic Hashem Hasidic Hasidic terms Hasidim Hebrew and Yiddish Hebrew name Hebrew word Hebrew-origin holiday terms Holocaust holy Israel Israeli Jewish languages Jewish law Jews Judaism Judezmo kabbalah kabbalistic kaddish kashrus kohanim kohen kosher Latin Leviticus main entry means literally mechitza Middle High German Midrash Mishnah mourning terms non-Jew notarikon noun origin Orthodox person Pesach phrase plural prayer Purim rabbi rebbe recited refers religious ritual terms Rosh Hashanah Sabbath Sanhedrin scholars Sephardi Shabbos Shavuos shemone-esrei Slavic spelling Sukkos synagogue Talmud Tanach Temple tion Torah scroll tractate traditional translation usage usually variant verb wedding terms yeshiva Yiddish word Yiddish-origin word Yom Kippur