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  • 1. Jewish Terms
    • The Cabbala — a course of study concerned with the mystical aspect of Judaism; a set of teachings meant to explain the relationship between the Creator and His creation.
    • (In the Jewish language, the word Cabbala means “ re ceiving”, as if to receive divine insight from study and contemplation.)
  • 2. Jewish Terms
    • The Talmud —a central text of mainstream Judaism; a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, customs and history.
    • (In the Jewish language, the word Talmud means “in struction ” or “le arning ” ; to learn from a book of instruction.)
  • 3. Jewish Terms
    • The Torah — Jewish religious writings that are essentially the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (what Christians call the Old Testament) — Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
  • 4. Jewish Terms
    • The Kaddish — often used to refer specifically to "The Mourners' Kaddish", said as part of the mourning rituals; prayers for the dead.
  • 5. Jewish Terms
    • Rosh Hashanah — commonly referred to as the ” Jewish New Year ”
  • 6. Jewish Terms
    • Yom Kippur — also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for religious Jews.
  • 7. Vocabulary—General
    • Memoir — a narrative composed from personal experience; s o meone’s “life story”
    • Judaism —the Jewish religion
    • Rabbi —a Jewish priest
    • Rabbinic —the writings of Jewish priests
  • 8. Vocabulary—Ch. 1 - 2
    • Compatriots — fellow countrymen
    • Edict — an official statement; law
    • Expound — to explain in detail
    • Firmament — the sky, or heavens
    • Hermetically — completely sealed; airtight
    • Pestilential — filled with disease
    • Phylacteries — a small box containing scripture; worn by some Jewish men for daily prayer
    • Pillage — to rob with violence
    • Premonition — anticipation of an event, usually negative, without actual warning
    • Truncheon — a police officer’s stick
  • 9. Vocabulary—Ch. 3 - 5
    • Compatriots — fellow countrymen
    • Bestial — like a beast or animal
    • Blandishments — something used to persuade
    • Crucible — container for cooking at high heat
    • Emaciated — abnormally thin because of starvation or disease
    • Leprous — showing signs of leprosy, an infectious disease that affects body tissue (causing it to rot)
    • Manacle — to handcuff
    • Queue — waiting line
  • 10. Vocabulary—Ch. 6 - 9
    • Contagion — an influence that spreads rapidly (fear, panic and joy can be contagious, as can disease)
    • Embarkation — beginning of a journey
    • Encumbrance — a burden
    • Indeterminate — vague, sketchy, not worked out in advance
    • Rivet — to hold attention tightly, as if physically attached
    • Semblance — outward appearance; the way something looks or seems to be, but with a sense of falseness
    • Vigilance — state of extreme watchfulness