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  Shofar A Glossary of
Unfamiliar Terms
Ten Commandments Tablets  
    Compiled from numerous source documents
by
Ari Levitt*
ThM, ThD, DMin, MBA, CNHP
 
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Abbreviations Used In This Glossary

abbr. = abbreviated

alt. = alternate

Ar. = Aramaic

esp. = especially

Gr. = Greek

Heb. = Hebrew

lit. = literally

n. = noun

pl. = plural

pron. = pronounced

prop. = properly

sg. = singular

usu. = usually

v. = verb

Yid. = Yiddish

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q

qahal
assembly, company, congregation, multitude
 
qehelathah
(alt. kehelathah) convocation; a place in the desert
 
qoheleth
(alt. koheleth) a (female) assembler (i.e. lecturer); abstractly, preaching
preacher
 

R r

ra’a; ra’ah; rah
evil
 
ra’am gadol
loud thunder
 
ra’av
famine
 
ra’im
evil; evil ones
 
rabbi
a Jewish teacher or religious authority (pl. rabanim)
 
rabbim
many
 
rachamanut
compassion; mercy
 
rachamim
mercy
 
Rachatzah
(alt. Rochtzah) washing
“celebrant washes,” one of the fifteen phases of the Seder ceremony
the phase of the Seder ceremony in which hands are washed for the meal. (See Ur’chatz.)
 
rachmanim
mercy
 
ragel hayemanit
right foot
 
raglayim
feet
 
Rahab
(alt. Rachav) woman, wife, female
    The word “Rahab” also means a wall or broad place. This is where we get the term “broad” for a woman … False messianic kingdom
    A woman of Jericho who aided the spies to escape; saved from the destruction of Jericho; married Salmon, an ancestor of King David and of the Messiah; commended for her faith in the book of James. She is often referred to as a “harlot,” but the word 'ishshah used to describe her in the book of Joshua is used a total of 674 time in the Hebrew Bible. Of all those times, the New American Standard translates it “harlot” or “adultress” only twice each. The most common translations are wife or wives (374 times), and woman or women (307 times). It is the same word used to describe Eve and Sarah (and most other wives in the Bible), and nobody refers to them as harlots. I think Rahab has been given a bum rap!
 
rakham
vulture
 
Ramah
Seat of Idolatry
 
raot
evil
 
rasha
(alt. rashah, resha)
an evildoer; the wholly wicked … iniquitous (pl. rashim, rasha’im)
 
Rashei HaKohanim
Chief Priests
 
rashei hamoshavot
chief seats
 
rashuyot
authorities
 
ratzchaniyot
murderers
 
ratzon
will
 
Rav
a Sage of the Talmud; shortened for of Rabbi
 
ravrevan
braggart
 
ravrevanut
boastfulness
 
raz
mystery; secret (pl. razim)
 
re’a
neighbor
 
Re’eh
a portion in the Book of Deuteronomy
 
rechilus
gossip
 
redifah
persecution (pl. redifot)
 
Refa’enu
“Heal us …”, one of the eighteen benedictions of the Amidah prayer
 
refuah
healing (pl. refuot)
 
regel
foot
 
rehkov
street (pl. rehkovot)
 
reim
friends
 
remez
alluding to
 
remiyah
guile; deceit
 
resha
(alt. rasha) wicked, -ness , unrighteous, evildoer (pl. resha’im)
 
reshet
net
 
reshit
first
 
reshus
authorization
 
retzach
murder (pl. retzichot)
 
retzinut
earnestness
 
revach
gain; profit
 
revachah
relief
 
reyka
good for nothing! … spiritually bankrupt, completely without moral value (transliterated in the Greek N.T. as raka, raka and translated as good-for-nothing) (Matthew 5:22, only occurrence.)
 
richtik
correct
 
riezige
sizable
 
rishonim
first ones
 
ro’eh
shepherd
 
Rochtzah
(alt. Rachatzah; Ur’chatz) one of the fifteen phases of the Seder ceremony; the phase in which hands are washed for the meal
 
rofeh
physician
 
rogez
anger
 
roiv
the larger portion
 
rosh
head
 
Rosh Chodesh
(alt. Hodesh) New Month. The head/beginning of the month.
 
Rosh HaShanah
lit. head of the year; Jewish New Year. Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah). Head/start of the Civil Year
 
Rosh Hodesh
(alt. Chodesh) New Month. The head/beginning of the month.
 
rotzeach
murderer
 
rotzeachim
murderers
 
ruach
wind; spirit
 
ruach anavah
humble spirit
 
Ruach HaKodesh
Holy Spirit; the Spirit of Mashiach
 
Ruchanit
Spiritual; of the Ruach HaKodesh
 
ruchaniyut
spirituality in Rebbe Melech HaMashiach
 
ruchot hatemeiot
unclean spirits
 
ruchot raot
evil spirits
 

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