Glossary

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  • rabbi

    Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation.
  • rav

    Hebrew for "master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation. Another word for "rabbi."
  • rebbe

    Yiddish for "my master," derived from the Hebrew word "rabbi," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation. In some Orthodox communities, the title refers to the leader or founder of a particular hasidic movement (for example, the Lubavitcher Hasids refer to their rabbi as rebbe).
  • rosh hashana

    Hebrew for "Head of the Year," the Jewish New Year. With Yom Kippur, known as the High Holy Days.
  • Rosh Hashanah

    Hebrew for "Head of the Year," the Jewish New Year. With Yom Kippur, known as the High Holy Days.
  • rugelach

    Yiddish term for a rolled pastry, often filled with chocolate or nuts, cinnamon, apricot or other flavors, and usually shaped like small crescent rolls.