Appendix 2

Glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish words
barmitzvah
Son of the Commandment. At the age of thirteen a boy reaches religious maturity and it is customary for him to be called up in the synagogue to read a portion of the Law.
Beth Din
Jewish Ecclesiastical Court. House of Law.
Chanukah
Festival of Lights celebrated in commemoration of the re-dedication of the Second Temple.
cheder (pl chedarim)
Traditional religious school. Literally, 'room'.
dayan (pl dayanim)
A rabbi who is a member of a Beth Din; an ecclesiastical judge.
halakah or halacha
The section of the Talmud which deals with all legal matters.
hazan or chazan
Cantor or reader.
hevra or chevra (pl hevrot)
A group. Used when referring to the religious societies or rooms of worship of immigrants.
High Holy Days
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
kaddish
The mourner's prayer after the death of a close relative; usually after the death of a parent.
kashrut
System of dietary laws.
kehilla (pl kehillot) Community organisation.
kiddush
Blessing over a cup of wine consecrating the Sabbath or religious holiday.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Judaism in 'Pre-Modern' Societies 5
  • 2 - The Eighteenth Century 37
  • 3 - From the French Revolution to the Mass Migration 63
  • 4 - Period of Mass Migration 101
  • 5 - From World War I to the Present Day: Continental Europe 132
  • 6 - From World War I to the Present Day: United States and Britain 144
  • 7 - Judaism and Secularisation: Further Comparisons 172
  • Notes and References 189
  • Appendices 216
  • Appendix 2 219
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