Parsha Terms

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There are a few words which will be used over the course of  every Parsha , which you may be unfamiliar with. Here is a handy guide to help you follow the lessons and hock (a fancy Jewish word for schmooze, which is another fancy Jewish word for discuss) like a ben torah:

 

Terumah- All food grown in Israel must have a small portion (around 1/50th) given as a gift to a priest. This portion is called terumah

 

Tevel– Until terumah has been taken from a crop, that food is called tevel and is forbidden to be eaten

 

Pesach– The 7-day holiday celebrating God rescuing the Jews from Egypt

 

Musaf– A special korban brought in honor of a holiday. Today, it refers to a special prayer said on those holidays

 

Shavuot– The holiday that celebrates God giving us the Torah

 

Rosh Hashanah– The Jewish New Year and Day of Judgement

 

Sukkot– A Jewish 7-day holiday shortly after Rosh Hashanah

 

Shmini Atzeret– A holiday celebrated on the 8th day of Sukkot

 

Arbah Minim– Four species of plants that we joyously wave together on Sukkot