AZ

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AZArizona (US postal abbreviation)
AZAzure (Heraldic Blue)
AZAzerbaijan (top-level domain name)
AZAsthma
AZAktenzeichen (German: Reference Number)
AZAlitalia (Airline Code)
AZAzimuth
AZAbendzeitung (Southern German Newspaper)
AZAbsolute Zero
AZArea under the ROC Curve (mathematics)
AZAstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
AZAuthority Zero (band)
AZAcademisch Ziekenhuis (University Hospital Flemish, Belgium)
AZAwkward Zombie
AZAdrenaline Zone (St Charles, MO laser-tag gaming business)
AZAbove Zone
AZAlgemeen Ziekenhuis (general hospital; Belgium)
AZAssault Zones
AZAlkmaar-Zaanstreek (Dutch soccer team)
AZAgenda for Zambia
AZAutonomen Zentrum (German rock band)
AZAvoda Zara (Hebrew: idol worship; Jewish criticism of Christianity)
AZAmerican Zettler, Inc (Aliso Viejo, CA general industrial manufacturer)
AZAzinhaga (Portuguese: country lane; postal usage)
AZApplication Zone
AZZ-Axis Acceleration
AZAirship (lighter than air craft) tender (Naval ship type; designation no longer used)
AZAcme Zone (Biostratigraphy)
AZAscheim-Zondek test (medical diagnosis)
AZ(USN Rating) Aviation Maintenance Administrationman
References in periodicals archive ?
The subject of Tractate Avoda Zara, which Daf Yomi readers have been studying for the last few weeks, is idol worship.
Alon Goshen-Gottstein has given us a path-breaking study, grounded in profound erudition and spiritual discernment, which explores two interconnected themes: the status of Hinduism as Avoda Zara ("foreign worship" or "idolatry"), and the rabbinic category of Avoda Zara itself, by examining its suitability to some of the multiple forms of religious Hinduisms.
Goshen-Gottstein's study highlights the points that, on the one hand, medieval rabbinic conceptualizations of Avoda Zara which were developed in response to Christianity cannot be mechanically applied in halachic rulings to Hindu universes, and, on the other hand, the ongoing encounters with Hinduism can surprisingly illuminate certain dimensions of Jewish thought.
Goshen-Gottstein argues, midway through the book, that even if one concludes that Hinduism is Avoda Zara, the affirmation that Hindus and Jews worship the same God can bring about a reorientation of some Jewish perceptions of Hindu deities, images, and ritual practices as strange, foreign, and offensive.
For instance, in Avoda Zara 25b, the Gemara says that, if a Jew encounters a gentile on the road, he should make sure to walk on the gentile's left side.