קִנּוּחַ, מָנָה אַחֲרוֹנָה Most kids’ favorite part of a meal (and maybe most adults’ as well) is dessert. Israelis refer to dessert with one of two expressions: קִנּוּחַand מָנָה אַחֲרוֹנָה. קינוח comes from the active-intensive פִּעֵל verb לְקַנֵּחַmeaning to wipe or to dry something. Dessert could be said to wipe away the food from the rest of the meal.
מנה אחרונה means, literally,final portion – dessert is the final portion of a meal.
For example, imagine yourself with friends (a mixed group) in a restaurant after having eaten a nice meal. The waiter approaches you and asks:
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About the Author: Ami Steinberger is founder and director of Ulpan La-Inyan.The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.
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