Congregation Beth Ha'Mashiach
(House of the Messiah) - Worshipping ADONAI & His Messiah, Yeshua Ha'Mashiach
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Glossary of Messianic / Jewish Terms

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Calendar - Judaism uses a lunar/solar calendar consisting of months that begin at the new moon. Each year has 12 or 13 months, to keep it in sync with the solar year.

Caro, Rabbi Joseph - Author of the Shulchan Arukh, the last of the great medieval codes of Jewish law, and one of the most respected compilations of Jewish law ever written.

C.E. - Common Era. Used instead of A.D. by non-Messianic Jews.

Chag Sameach - Hebrew - joyous festival. A greeting for any holiday, but especially Sukkot, Shavu'ot and Pesach (Passover).

Chai - Lit. living or life. The word is often used as a design on jewelry and other ornaments.

Challah - sweet, slightly heavier eggy, yellow bread, braided, served on Shabbat and holidays.

Chametz - Leaven. Leavened grain products may not be owned or consumed during Passover.

Chanukkah - Lit. dedication. An eight day holiday celebrating the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after it was defiled by the Selucid Greeks. 

Chanukkat Ha-Bayit - Dedication of the house. A ceremony dedicating a Jewish household, during which the mezuzah is affixed to the doorposts. The procedure and prayers for affixing the mezuzah is available.

Chanukkiah - 9 branched Chanukkah menorah.

Charoset - A mixture of fruit, wine and nuts eaten at Passover to symbolize mortar used by the Jewish slaves in Egypt.

Chasidism ; Chasidic - "pious ones", A branch of Orthodox Judaism that maintains a lifestyle separate from the non-Jewish world.

Chatat - sin offering to atone for and expiate unintentional sins.

Chazzan - Person who leads the congregation in prayer - Cantor.

Chelev - fat surrounding organs, forbidden to be eaten under the laws of Kashrut.

Chillul Ha-Shem - Profaning of the Name. Causing G-d or Judaism to come into disrespect, or causing a person to violate a commandment.

Chumash - Five. A compilation of the first five books of the Bible and readings from the prophets, organized in the order of the weekly Torah portions.

Chuppah - The wedding canopy, symbolic of the groom's home, under which the nisuin portion of the wedding ceremony is performed.

Commandments - Judaism teaches that G-d gave the Jews 613 commandments, which are binding on Jews but not on non-Jews.

Conservative - One of the major movements of Judaism, accepting the binding nature of Jewish law but believing that the law can change.

Counting of the Omer - The counting of the days between Passover and Shavu'ot.

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Dagesh - A dot found in the center of some Hebrew letters in pointed text, used as an aid to pronunciation.

Dan - 1) Son of Jacob (Israel). Ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel; 2) The tribe that bears his name.

Daven - Pray (Yiddish). Observant Jews daven three times a day, in addition to reciting blessings over many common activities.

Days of Awe - Ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, a time for introspection and considering the sins of the previous year.

Diaspora - Any place outside of the land of Israel where Jews live. Refers to the Jews were dispersed from the land of Israel by the Romans after the last Jewish War.

Dreidel -  toy resembling a top, used to play a traditional Hanukkah game.

 


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