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