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This word of uncertain etymology but of Greek origin means ‘dessert’ and is now used to denote the piece of unleavened bread, matzah, eaten at the end of the Seder on the first night of Passover. It is customary not to eat anything else after the a fikoman in order for the taste of matzah to remain in the mouth all night. There is a folk-belief that if a piece of the a fikoman is kept in the house after Passover the house will not be visited by burglars during the year.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

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