from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An animal torn to pieces by wild beasts.
  • n. Something (meat or utensil) not prepared in accordance with rabbinical law, and therefore unfit for Jewish consumption. See kosher and tref.


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  • It was _trefa_, but had it been prepared according to our rites, its nauseating appearance would have caused me to reject it.

    Rabbi and Priest A Story

  • They were beaten and ridiculed because of their inability to express themselves in Russian, their refusal to eat _trefa_, and their general lack of adaptation to the strange environment and to the military mode of life.

    History of the Jews in Russia and Poland. Volume II From the death of Alexander I. until the death of Alexander III. (1825-1894)

  • True I am liberal and Jewish, but I proudly work in corporate America, enjoy the occasional trefa banquet and, perhaps most egregiously, I am a member of a Reform Temple on the Upper East Side of New York City.


  • Enquirer described the affair as a "Jewish Jollification"; in American Jewish history it has become known as the "trefa banquet," an important link in a chain of events that was finally to lead to a break between Reform and Conservative Judaism.

    Liprap's Lament - The Line

  • _trefa_ at the house of a _goy_, and with a fastidiousness that was without parallel in the annals of Kief, he had shaved off all of his beard, leaving only a jaunty little mustache.

    Rabbi and Priest A Story


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