Glossary of Terms
(Literally, “the way”) The laws and norms that have evolved over millennia to regulate religious observances and the daily conduct of Jewish people and communities. (“Halakhic”, adjective)
One whose Jewish status is derived from the fact that their biological mother is Jewish, irrespective of whether their father is Jewish. This is the halakhic position to which BJ remains committed.
One who claims Jewish status based on the fact that their biological father, and not their mother, is Jewish.
A term for the Jewish people that connotes unity and fellowship.
A prayer book.
Yarmulke or head covering.
(Literally, “an ascension or going up”) Approaching and blessing the Torah while it is chanted during services.
Hatafat Dam Brit
A symbolic drawing a drop of blood from the penis for those converting to Judaism who were already circumcised.
Those trained to perform a ritual circumcision.
The ritual preparation of a dead body for burial.