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Glossary beginning with D

D'var Torah

A sermon or talk explicating a Jewish text. Plural: Divrei Torah

Synonyms: Devar Torah, Dvar Torah
Daven

Lit. Pray (Yiddish)

Particularly, praying in a traditional manner, mouthing the words of the prayer softly while swaying.

Synonyms: davenning, davening, davenn
Dina

Dina is Jacob's only daughter and the sister of the twelve tribes.

Synonyms: Dinah
Dreidl

A four-sided top bearing the letters "nun," "gimel," "hay," and "shin" for "nes gadol haya sham" - a great miracle happened there. In Israel, dreidels have a "peh" for "po" (here) -- a great miracle happened here. Played with on Chanukah in a gambling game, traditionally using chocolate gelt as the wager.

Synonyms: Dreidel

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