November/December Hebrew Glossary

Halakhah – Halakhah is a set of Jewish rules and practices

Holake – to go, to walk ; to proceed

Rabbi – title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher.

Adonai – a title of reverence for God.

Yiddishkeit –  literally means “Jewishness”, i. e. “a Jewish way of life“, in the Yiddish language.

Mashiach – The savior and liberator of the Jewish people.

Kosher – In Hebrew, “Kashrus,” from the root kosher (or “kasher”), means suitable and/or “pure”, thus ensuring fitness for consumption.

More Hebrew Words

Abba – father

Acharit Hayamim – The end of an era (of man’s governance)

Adar – the 11th month of the Hebrew Biblical calendar

Afikomen – Dessert or after

Aviv – The 1st month of the Hebrew Biblical calendar

avodah – work/worship

Barak  – Blessed – Many Bible teachers say the word “blessed” just means “happy,” which is always circumstantial. It actually speaks of the far deeper idea of giving and humbling oneself in order to exalt another. Of the many occurrences of barak one that immediately stands out is in Genesis 1:22 “And God Blessed them,”. The Hebrew word barak is from the same root as the word berek which means “to kneel”. The heart of blessing is in humility. When God blessed His creation He knelt down to serve it, to provide for it and to give it life. How can you bless someone today?

Bat kol – The supernatural, audible voice of God known as the Voice of the Dove or The Daughter Voice

Beresheet – In the Beginning

Chanukah – Festival of Dedication

Chanuke – dedicate

Chanukiah – 9 light menorah

Cheroset – Apple and nut mixture served at Passover

Chokmah – Wisdom (inferred from the Divine)

Da’at – Knowledge (acquired by man)

Dam – blood

Eitz Chaim – Tree of Life

El Shaddai – Almighty God or the breasted One. God nurtures and sustains us in His magnificent power.

Elul – The 12th month of the Hebrew Civil Calendar

Esh – fire

Essenes – A strict sect of Judaism

Eyrusin – Betrothal

Hag Pesach Sameach – Happy Passover

Imma – mother

Lev or leb – heart

Matzah – Unleavened bread

Melo ha goyimthe fullness of the Gentiles

Menorah – Temple Lamp

Messiah Ben David – reference of Messiah

Messiah Ben Joseph – reference of Messiah

Mikveh – a ritual immersion in water

Mishpotach – family

Moedim – festivals, feasts, appointments, rehearsals

Ner – candle

Niddah – a ritual immersion after menstruation

Nisan – The first month of the Hebrew Religious Calendar

Olah – burnt or whole offering or holocaust.This offering is completely consumed or burnt to ashes.

Omer – A measurement of grain

Or – light

Pesach – Passover

Purim – lots (as in lottery)

Qumran – An ancient communal community near The Dead Sea where the Essenes lived.

Ruach Ha Kodesh – The Holy Spirit\

Sabba – grandfather

Safta –grandmother

Seder – Order that refers to the elements and parts of the Passover meal

Shabbat – Sabbath

Shaked or Shoked – Fulfill or Perform

Shalom – Peace

Shamash – servant or helper candle

Shavu’ot – Feast of Weeks or Pentecost

Sheked – Almond

Shemen – oil

Shevat – The 11th month of the Hebrew Religious Calendar

Shofar – Ram’s horn

Sukkot – Tabernacles or Feast of the Harvest

Tikkun Olam – the restoration of all things

Tishrei – The first month of the Hebrew Civil Calendar

Tosh – a three-compartment bag to hold matzah at the Passover meal

T’shuvah – Repentance, return

Tu b’shevat – (The 15th day of the Hebrew month Shevat commemorating the New Year of trees)

Yeshua – Jesus, God is Salvation

Yom Kippor – Day of Atonement

Yom Terurah/Rosh Hashanah – The Day of Trumpets/The New Year

Y’srael – Israel

Y’hudi – Jewish person

Zakar – Remember – featured word