The Female Face of God in Auschwitz: A Jewish Feminist Theology of the Holocaust

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aggadah (Aramaic) from the Hebrew haggadah, itself from the root ‘to tell’ or ‘relate’. Aggadah comprises biblical tales, rabbinical midrashic elaborations of biblical stories, legends of post-biblical figures and rabbinic sages, and theological, philosophical and ethical material.
Ashkenazic referring to Jews from western, central and eastern Europe
avodah begashmiut service to God through the ordinary conditions of life
avodah halev religious ‘service of the heart’
The Baalshem Tov the eighteenth-century founder of Hasidism, a mystical, pietistic sect of Orthodox Judaism
baleboosteh (Yiddish) bourgeois Jewish housewife
cheder religious school
devekuth the mystical experience of cleaving to God
emunah trust, sometimes weakly translated as ‘faith’
En Sof the unknowable God-in-God’s-self
galut exile
halakhah Jewish law
hesed translatable as loving kindness, faithfulness, or gracious love
hester panim the hiding of God’s face. A traditional term used to evoke the withholding of God’s power to avert human suffering
‘hinneni’ the ‘I am here’ or ‘here I am’ attributed to key biblical protagonists when responding to the summons of God kabbalah broadly, the Jewish mystical tradition
kavannah spiritual focus and intentionality
kavod divine radiance or glory
kedushah holiness (kadosh - holy)
Kiddush ha’ hayim the sanctification of God’s name in life
Kiddush Ha’ Shem the sanctification of God’s name, often through martyrdom
kipper commonly translated as ‘to atone’, but cognate with ‘rubbing off or decontamination and ‘covering’
kittel a white robe worn by observant male Jews on Yom Kippur that symbolizes their spiritual and bodily purity as well as denoting human mortality
Lamedvovnik (Yiddish) Just Man or one of the Thirty-Six Hidden Saints who, according to Jewish legend, are concealed in every generation and upon whom the fate of the world depends

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