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Z"A:  Acronym for Ze'er Anpin (Aramaic., lit. “the small face”); the term used by the Kabbalah for the Divine attributes which parallel emotions  [2 related articles]
Zabla:  Acronym, Zeh--this one, Borer--chooses, Lo-- for him, Echad--one. A procedure for convening a rabbinical court of law to hear a case involving a dispute over money or property; each litigant chooses one judge or arbiter, and these two judges then designate the third judge  Halacha (Torah law) » Zabla
Zachariah:  The book of Tanach containing Zechariah's prophecies, exhorting the Jews to serve G-d and foretelling the future redemption[1 related article] Tanach » Zachariah
Zachor:  (lit. "remember"); the obligation to remember Amalek’s attack on the young Jewish nation; commemorated by the reading of the passage of this name on the Sabbath preceding Purim.  [22 related articles] Calendar, The Jewish » Zachor
Zayin:  the seventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet, prounounced "z," with a numerical value of 7  [5 related articles]
Zebulun:  Son of Jacob and Leah. Tenth of the Twelve Tribes. Progenitor of the Tribe of Zebulon, famed for their success in sea commerce, and their financial support of the scholarly Tribe of Issachar[4 related articles]
Zechariah ben Iddo:  (4th century BCE) A contemporary of Haggai and Malachi, the last prophets, prophesied during the construction of the Second Temple[5 related articles] The Prophets » Zechariah ben Iddo
Zechariah ben Jehoiada:  (d. 661 BCE) Mentioned in II Chronicles 24, was killed in the Holy Temple courtyard while trying to prevent the erection of an idol in the Holy Temple.  [1 related article] The Prophets » Zechariah ben Jehoiada
Zechariah, the Book of:  The book of Tanach containing Zechariah's prophecies, exhorting the Jews to serve G-d and foretelling the future redemption[1 related article] Tanach » Zechariah, the Book of
Zechut:  merit 
Zechuto Yagen Aleinu:  (lit. "may his merit shield us"), term used in reference to a departed righteous person  Phrases & Expressions » Zechuto Yagen Aleinu
Ze'er Anpin:  (Aramaic., lit. “the small face”); the term used by the Kabbalah for the Divine attributes which parallel emotions  [2 related articles]
Zeida:  (Yiddish); Grandfather 
Zelicha (Potiphar's Wife):  Wife of Joseph's master, Potiphar. Attempted to seduce Joseph. When Joseph resisted her overtures, she claimed that he raped her and he was thrown into prison.  [5 related articles]
Zelophehad:  After he died in the desert, his daughters successfully petitioned to be awarded his portion in the Land of Canaan. Some say he was killed by the Amalekites and the Canaanites among those who -- after the Spies catastrophe -- attempted to go to Canaan on their own. Others say he was the wood gatherer[2 related articles] Daughters of Zelophehad » Zelophehad
Zemirot:  (lit. "hymns"); Shabbat and festival songs generally sung around the table  [1 related article] Calendar, The Jewish » Zemirot
Zephaniah:  (c. 5th century BCE) A contemporary of Jeremiah, he prophesied shortly before the destruction of the first Holy Temple[2 related articles] The Prophets » Zephaniah
Zephaniah, the Book of:  The book of Tanach containing Zephaniah's prophecies, foretelling the destruction of Jerusalem as well the Jews' eventual return from exile.  [1 related article] Tanach » Zephaniah, the Book of
Zeroa:  the shankbone used on the Passover seder plate; represents the Paschal sacrifice  [4 related articles]
Zilpah:  Leah’s handmaiden. One of Jacob's two concubines, she was mother of Gad and Asher[4 related articles]
Zimri ben Salu:  Leader of the Tribe of Simeon. Slain by Phinehas after publicly cohabiting with a Midianite princess.  [3 related articles]
Zipporah:  (a) Daughter of Jethro; Moses’ wife. Stayed behind in Midian with their two sons while Moses went to Egypt to liberate the Israelites. Joined her husband and the Israelites shortly after the Splitting of the Sea. Moses separated from her after the Giving of the Torah, so to always be available and ready to communicate with G-d. (b) A common Jewish name.  [6 related articles]
Zohar:  the classic text of the Kabbalah; compiled by 2nd century mishnaic sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai  [27 related articles] Torah Books » Zohar

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