B’nai Noach Torah Institute


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A Jewish vocabulary containing glossary terms of Hebrew, Yiddish and English dictionary 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.

Ha Tay Vaw: The Ark; large vessel that protected Noach, his family and all the animals aboard..

Haddasah: Jewish Women's Organization

Haftorah: (lit., final passage) The passage from the Prophets read in the synagogue after the reading from the Five Books of Moses (cf. Siddur Tehillat HaShem, p. 187)

Haggadah: (lit., telling, from Shmot 13:8) Book from which the *Seder service is conducted on *Pesach

Hakkafot: (pl. of Hakkafah; lit., circuits) The sevenfold procession made with the Torah scrolls in the synagogue on *Simchat Torah, accompanied by singing & dancing (cf. Siddur Tehillat HaShem, p. 335)

Halachah: The body of Torah Law;

Hallah: See Challah:

Haman: Leader of the plot to murder all the Jews in King Ahasuerus 123 provinces; see Sefer Esther

Ha Motzi: (a) Name of prayer for giving thanks after eating bread (b) A particular law

Ha No Fayl: One who falls

Ha Sah Lah: The Rock

Har Sinai: Mount Sinai

Haroseth: See Charoset

Hashem: Meaning The Name - This is a name we use to signify the Name L-RD in order to be careful NOT to say His Name in vain.

Hassid: See Chasid

Hassidim: See Chassidim

Ha Tzoor: The Rock

Haverah: Prayer Group, Study Group

Hevel: Second son of Adam and Chava, brother was Kayin; he was a shepherd whose firstling lambs were preferred by Hashem over Kayin's rotten produce; Hevel was murdered by Kayin.

Hey: Fifth letter of the Aleph Beit; meaning Lo, Behold, Here; Gematria = five

Hod: (lit., majesty) The Fifth of the Seven Divine Middos, or Attributes, and of their corresponding mortal middos, or spiritual emotions

Hoshana Rabbah: The seventh day of the festival of Sukkot