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Hebrew Language

Ashkenazi-Sefardi Pronunciation - I've noticed that Ashkenazi synagogues pronounce some words differently than Sefardi synagogues. What is the halachic status of these two variants? Do Ashkenazim who speak "Israeli" on a daily basis act consistently if... More
Holy City of Many Names - I have a school project and I need to write about the four names for Jerusalem. Can you tell me what they are? More
Mazal Tov! - I am not Jewish, but I frequently hear the words "Mazal Tov" at a wedding or on television. What is the origin of this expression? More
Pareve Food - Please could you explain to me the origins of the term Pareve and how this came to refer to food that is neither dairy nor meat? Thanks very much. More
The Word "Selah" - The word "selah" is used frequently in the Book of Psalms (for example, in Psalms 3:3). But I have yet to see a good, consistent translation. Do you know what it means? More
What's A Balabostah? - I recently became married, and in setting up my first home, my elderly grandmother keeps referring to me as a "balabostah." Is that a compliment? Exactly what is a "balabostah"? More

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