Defining Our Terms

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Defining Our Terms 2016-11-18T10:28:25+00:00

by Judith T. Fox

Translator’s note: I’ve attempted to keep these definitions very brief. Fuller explanations of many of these themes are available elsewhere on this site and I encourage you to read them. If you still have questions, have other words you want defined, or just want more information, please fcontact the Director of Congregational Learning,  at 860-233-2774,

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Challah -  (pl. challot) – A braided or shaped loaf of egg enriched bread traditionally served on Shabbat, holidays, and feasts which celebrate Jewish milestones.
Chevra Kadisha -  literally Holy Society - Sees to it that the bodies of Jews are prepared for burial according to Halakha (Jewish law) and protected from desecration until burial. This is considered a great mitzvah because the deceased cannot thank us.
Chevra Kadisha -  literally Holy Society - Sees to it that the bodies of Jews are prepared for burial according to Halakha (Jewish law) and protected from desecration until burial. This is considered a great mitzvah because the deceased cannot thank us.