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Jewish Words Quiz

Guess these words and phrases associated with Jewish religion and culture.
If multiple answers fit, guess the MOST WELL KNOWN among the general population
To make it easier, we give you the first letter
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First submittedAugust 16, 2011
Last updatedOctober 5, 2017
Times taken16,892
Rating4.28
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Definition
 
Answer
Candle holder with 7 branches
M
Menorah
Jewish religious teacher
R
Rabbi
Jewish place of worship
S
Synagogue
Jewish skullcap
Y
Yarmulke
Passover feast
S
Seder
Cracker-like food eaten
during Passover
M
Matzo
Day of Atonement
Y
Yom Kippur
Jewish New Year
R
Rosh Hashanah
Congratulations!
M
Mazel Tov
Five books of Moses
T
Torah
Boy's coming of age ritual
B
Bar Mitzvah
Belief in a Jewish homeland
Z
Zionism
Definition
 
Answer
Bread eaten on the Sabbath
C
Challah
Ethnic group of European Jews
A
Ashkenazi
Jewish religious school
Y
Yeshiva
Toast words. To life!
L
L'chaim
Four-sided spinning top
D
Dreidel
Mystical tradition famously
practiced by Madonna
K
Kabbalah
Guts; Audacity (Yiddish)
C
Chutzpah
Gentile (Yiddish)
G
Goy
Attractive female gentile (Yiddish)
S
Shiksa
Clumsy person (Yiddish)
K
Klutz
A real good guy (Yiddish)
M
Mensch
Comic routine (Yiddish)
S
Schtick
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level 77
Apr 20, 2014
I think the double H was what prevented me from getting Rosh Hashanah and I'm not sure about Mazel Tov, I tried a bunch of different things. Moseltof?
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level 68
Apr 20, 2014
Agree. Could be a little more liberal on the spelling acceptance on a few of these, but I'm sure the "purists" will object!
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level 61
Dec 2, 2015
There's no such thing as a correct spelling of a transliterated Hebrew or Yiddish word.
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level 76
Dec 13, 2015
What Elan said.
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level 15
May 4, 2018
totally agree on the spelling, I had chutzpe, goi, mazze, schikse, bar mitzwa... all the words how they would be spelled based on German, which is by the way close to Jiddish...
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level 61
Sep 28, 2019
Tried mazzeltov bar mitzwa and several ways of chutzpah (and matze)
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level 67
Apr 20, 2014
I had problems with mensch. If you transliterate the word from Yiddish, it's actually mentsh rather than mensch, which is the German and apparently also English version. I got it, because mench was an accepted alternate spelling, but maybe mentsh could be added too. It asks for the Yiddish version, afterall. Nice quiz! :)
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level ∞
Apr 20, 2014
Okay, the quiz will allow mentsh now.
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level 44
Apr 20, 2014
I was raised Jewish and I have NEVER heard of shiksa or yeshiva.
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level 60
Apr 20, 2014
I only know "shiksa" from Seinfeld. "Yeshiva" is very common. I see it on the walls of schools, in pop culture, and in print. Maybe it's just a little quirk that you never came across it.
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level 55
Apr 20, 2014
I know shiksa from "Sophie's Choice." Dense, boring book.
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level 71
Feb 29, 2016
Having dated a Jewish guy through college, I heard shiksa...a LOT. Mostly from his mom, when she thought I was out of earshot. :-)
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level 73
Jun 27, 2018
Haha :)
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level 75
May 3, 2019
Yeah, the translation offered here is not correct. 'Shiksa' is a term of disparagement. It's not intended as a compliment or factual description, and you certainly would not use it to describe a random 'attractive female non-Jewish person.' A closer translation would be 'hussy,' 'vixen' or 'temptress.' (Not that there's anything wrong with being any of these! But these are the judgemental connotations the word has.) However the term could be used affectionately, or to tease a friend.
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level 71
Apr 21, 2014
spelling nightmare
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level 75
May 3, 2019
Hehe welcome to the wonderful world of transliteration!
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level 67
Apr 22, 2014
18/24 And almost all of it learned from US sitcoms.
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level 63
Sep 13, 2015
A channukiah hold Channukah candles, a menorah has seven candles instead of the nine required for the holiday.
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level 74
Feb 15, 2016
Just missed shiksa, never heard of that one. And I'm not Jewish.
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level 71
Feb 29, 2016
Instead of Ashkenazi, all I could think of was Anasazi, that Native American tribe that lived in the pretty carved-out-of-cliff-faces towns that just disappeared out of history. Same diff, right?
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level 34
Jan 26, 2017
For guts you should allow kishkes.
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level 65
May 4, 2018
Thank you South Park for dreidel and NOFX for shiksa and goy. :)
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level 59
May 4, 2018
What is happening to JetPunk? I was sure I'd find some bellyaching about racism and zionism in this comments section! Self-selecting participant base, I guess?
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level 61
May 4, 2018
If you enjoyed this quiz, you should take my strictly Yiddish loan words quiz here.
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level 60
May 4, 2018
Tried "bris" about a dozen times for the question about a boy's rite of passage. Then it finally hit me.
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level 42
May 4, 2018
I'm Jewish. I got 100%. I should be ashamed if I didn't. ;-) All Jewish people of a certain age would probably know these words. They were very liberal with the spelling. They need to be since this is just a transliteration from Yiddish and different families pronounce things differently.
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level 75
May 3, 2019
Not getting all of them would be nothing to be ashamed of. There are Jews all over the world, and many of them don't speak Yiddish (or German, Polish, or English for that matter). I could see an Ethiopian or Iranian Jew having trouble with this vocab for example, or atheist Jew from Wales or the Arctic Circle..
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level 62
May 4, 2018
Is MrSchickadance a shiksa? No, he's a mensch!
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level 61
May 4, 2018
Problem is that most non-Jewish people hear these words more than read them, and spelling them correctly (or even closely) can be tough. I'm not Jewish and still got 19 of 24 (and really should have gotten two more but blanked.)
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level 63
May 4, 2018
Since you highlight that you use Yiddish words, not Hebrew, on the last six clues, you should do the same for Yarmulke. This is the Yiddish word for the skullcap. In Hebrew, it's a Kippah.
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level 40
Sep 19, 2018
im mad. i couldnt spell synogogue or ashkenazi. i still cant spell it. ithought it started with an O
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