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Dictionary of Jewish Words

A JPS Guide

Authored by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic

Publication Year: 2006

Organized in an A to Z format for easy reference, The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words contains 1,200 entries derived from Yiddish, Hebrew, Aramaic, and English. The entries include words for and associated with Jewish holidays and life-cycle events, culture, history, the Bible and other sacred texts, worship, and more. Each entry has a pronunciation guide and is cross-referenced to other related terms. The introduction is an excellent primer on the history of Jewish words, their transliteration, and pronunciation. The indexes at the back, arranged by categories, help readers easily find the words they want, even when they don't know the exact spelling. This handy and very accessible dictionary is an excellent resource not just for Jews, but for anyone who wants to check the meaning, spelling, and/or pronunciation of Jewish words.

Published by: Jewish Publication Society

Contents

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pp. vii-

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xxii

Back in high school, a gentile friend of the family was invited for Sunday brunch. The table was set, as any good Jewish Sunday breakfast table would be, with bagels, cream cheese, and—a treat for us—a fish platter from the deli. “Help yourself to some bagels and lox,” the guest was instructed, to which she replied, “I’ve never had it before. Can I try just one lock?” That’s a true story. And it’s stories like this one that made us realize how many familiar Jewish words are not as well-known to mainstream America. ...

A-Z Guide

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pp. 1-195

Bibliography

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pp. 197-199

Category Lists

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pp. 200-210


E-ISBN-13: 9780827609969
Print-ISBN-13: 9780827608320

Publication Year: 2006

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