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A word or saying used by members of a party or sect that is regarded by others as empty of real meaning or value. Hebrew “sciboleth”=ear of corn – used by the Gileadite people in the Bible as a way of recognizing their enemies, who could not pronounce the “sh.”


In Jewish folklore, an evil spirit that possesses an individual. Hebrew “dibbuk” < “dabak”=to cleave, join with.

In Jewish mythology a figure molded from clay and brought to life by magic. Yiddish “goylem” < Hebrew “golem”=shapeless mass.

A huge and monstrous creature. Middle English “behemot” < Hebrew “b’hemoth”=plural of “b’hemah”=beast.

Drink, often alcoholic, made from apples. Old French “sidre” < Greek “sikera” < Hebrew “shekar”=strong drink.

To pawn something for more than its real value. Yiddish “mashknen”=to pawn < Hebrew “maskon”=pledge.

Honor, prestige, or status. Yiddish “yichus” < Hebrew “yihus”=pedigree, breeding.

Parable that illustrates a point of law in the Talmud. Latin “aggados” < Aramaic “aggadah” < Hebrew “higgid”=to make clear.

Large gray mammal with a trunk and tusks. Latin “elephant” < Greek “elefas”=ivory. Possibly from Hebrew “eleph”=ox.

Special anniversary, especially one celebrating fifty years. Latin “jubilaeus” < Hebrew “yobel”=ram’s horn (blown in celebration).

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