abba ( ah bah) Hebrew word for father; a term of endearment. Agitated emotionally and physically disturbed. ailanthus tree a tree with bitter-scented flowers, usually found in the tropics. allusions indirect references. Amulets objects or charms superstitiously worn to ward off evil. apikorsim (ah pik or sim) a word of disfavor used by the ultra-Orthodox to refer to the Modern Orthodox. Ascribe credit with. assimilationist a person who believes in the inclusion of different racial and ethnic groups into mainstream culture. avenues of prayer This philosophy of Hasidism was expounded by its leader and founder, Israel Ba'al Shem Tov (Master of the Good Name). In the novel, Hasidic philosophy is represented by Danny Saunders and his father, Rabbi (Reb) Saunders. Avodah Zarah
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