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A Jewish vocabulary containing glossary terms of Hebrew, Yiddish and English dicitionary explanations of words, terms, phrases, and Jewish, Yiddish and Hebrew expressions.

An asterisk indicates a cross reference within this Glossary. All non-English entries are Hebrew unless otherwise indicated. This glossary is in "alphabetical" order.

Kabbalah; lit., `received tradition': the body of classical Jewish mystical teachings, the central text of which is the * Zohar

Kabbalas ol; lit., `acceptance of the yoke': self-subordination to the Will of G*d

Kaddish: For a period of eleven months following the death of a parent and on yahrzeit, the anniversary of the parents death a son is obligated to recite Kaddish as a source of merit for the departed soul. Fathers say Kaddish for their children and brothers for their siblings.

Kalah: Bride

Kal Yisroel: All Israel

Kal vachomer: a principle of Scriptural interpretation whereby a conclusion is drawn from a minor premise or more lenient condition to a major or more strict one, or vice versa

Kayn: {German} No

Kayn Aynhoreh: "No, the evil eye" in other words saying no to the evil eye. Some mystical Jews repeat the word safter making a statement to protect against bringing evil upon the one they spoke of. Evidently hundreds of years ago pagans would attempt to place curses upon Jews, so to guard against "their evil eye" one would say, Kayn Aynhoreh meaning, Other Jews repeat the words Kayn Aynhoreh as a statement meaning 'I do not wish to cast the evil eye.'

Ka Raw: To Call

Karpas: A vegetable like parsley or romaine lettuce used in the Pesach Seder
Kashrus: state of being * kosher The body of Torah and rabbinical regulations

Kelippos; lit., `rind' or `shell'; pl. of kelippah): used figuratively (on a personal or universal level) to signify an outer covering which conceals the light within; hence, the unholy side of the universe

Kesuvim: {Writings} One of three sections of Tenach which include Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah and Chronicles

Ketz; lit., `end': a particularly auspicious time for * Mashiach to bring the exile to an end

Kibbitz: Discussion of several people

Kibbitzer: A talker

Kibitzing: Several talkers, people having a discussion

Kiddish: Blessing over wine and bread on Shabbos and Holy Days
Kipah: Yarmelke, skull cap

Kittle: A white robe like the Kohen Godal's robe worn at festive occasions like one's own wedding, Yom Kippur and Pesach. A pious person is usually buried in the kittel he wore during his lifetime at the festivities.

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch: part of the Code of Jewish Law as abbreviated by R. Shlomo Ganzfried for lay use

Klutz: A person who is ungraceful, awkward, clumsy

Knaydl: {pl. k-nay-dlakh} .A round dumpling normally made from matzah meal, cooled then boiled in chicken soup.

K'nidel: Round dumplings usually made of matzah

Knishes: Dumplings fillied with potato, meat or barley

Koach: {Ko Ach} Power, Strength

Kochos makkifim: the transcendent faculties of the soul

Kochos pnimiyim: the internalized, conscious faculties of the soul

Kohen {pl., Kohanim:} priest. i.e., descendant of Aharon

Kohen Gadol: High Priest

Kohanim: pl. for Priest

Kol: voice

Kol HaKavod: All the honor, or voice of honor

Kol Yaakov: voice of Yaakov

Korach: Fifth Parsha of Bamidbar, (Numbers 16:1 -18:32).

Kosher: The term used for food fit to be eaten by Torah observant Jews

Kugel: Casserole dish of noodles and apple or potato

Kushia; popularly pronounced kashe; Aram.): a query posed in the course of clarifying a seeming inconsistency, logical or textual, encountered in one's Torah study