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  • d'var torah

    n. A brief teaching from Jewish sources [lit. "a word of torah"], "A short speech" (JPS).

  • da'as torah

    n. Intuitive knowledge that comes from a lifetime of Torah study.

  • daf

    n. A page of a Talmudic tractate.

  • daf yomi

    n. Lit. "page of the day", refers to the program of study of a page of Talmud every day.

  • Daglanut

    n. Choreographed Israeli flag dance performed on Yom Ha'atzmaut.

  • Dahak

    n. A joke.

  • dai

    interj. "Enough!"; (idiomatically) "Stop it!"

  • daled amos

    n. "Four cubits", a unit of measurement in halacha in ritual and property law.

  • daled amos of halacha

    n. Idiomatically, "the four walls of the law" (Glinert).

  • Daled Bavos

    n. A traditional song composed by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (the founder of Chabad) played at Chabad weddings and holidays.

  • dan l'kaf zechus

    v. Give the benefit of the doubt.

  • daven

    v. Pray; lead services.

  • David Hamelech

    n. King David.

  • davka

    adv. Even; despite expectations to the contrary -- often with a slightly amused or ironic feeling of "wouldn't you know it?" or "of all things" ("of all people" ... etc.)

  • day school

    n. Jewish grade school, where students learn both Jewish and secular subjects. "The general name given to private Jewish schools" in the United States and Canada (JPS).

  • daya letzara besha'ata

    (sentence) "Don't try to find crises!" (Glinert)

  • dayan

    n. A rabbinic judge who may directly question and cross-examine witnesses.

  • dayenu

    interj. "Literally, "it would have been enough."" (JPS)

  • daytshmerish

    adj. (Of a Yiddish word or text, or of Yiddish speech) more German-like.

  • De carne

    adj. Meaty / fleshing.

  • De queso

    adj. Dairy / milchig / cheesy.

  • degel

    n. Flag; often refers to "morning degel," the flag-raising ceremony at many camps.

  • delicious

    adj. Delightful, cute, adorable.

  • derech

    n. (lit. "path") Usually refers to an ethical lifestyle or the traditional, halachic Jewish lifestyle.

  • derech eretz

    adj. Participating in modern society.

  • Desayuno

    Literally "breakfast" - used to describe the category of foods made by Balkan Sephardic Jews for Shabbat breakfast. Includes boyos, borekas, bulemas, quajatho.

  • Devarim

    n. "The Book of Deuteronomy", [lit. "words"] (JPS).

  • Diaspora

    n. "The term for Jewish communities and their residents who live outside of the State of Israel" (JPS).

  • Diaspora Jew

    n. A Jew living in the Jewish Diaspora, as opposed to one living within the State of Israel.

  • dira betachtonim

    n. "Dwelling in the lower realms"--a theological argument for why God created the world (because He longed for an abode below in addition to one up high).

  • doikayt

    n. Hereness.

  • dos

    n. A derogatory term for ultra-Orthodox/Haredi Jews, common in Israel.

  • drash

    v. Give a sermon, discuss an interpretation of the text.

  • drasha

    n. "Sermon, learned address." (Glinert)

  • dreck

    n. "Trash, junk, garbage; cheap or worthlesss things." (Rosten), sh*t.

  • dreidel

    n. "A small, four-sided spinning top used in a game during Chanukah" (JPS); the top itself.

  • dremel

    v., n. "[D]oze; nap." (Steinmetz, Yiddish and English)

  • duch

    n. A report of outreach activities.

  • duchen

    n. A ritual where the kohanim recite the Priestly Blessing (Num. 6:24-26), blessing the rest of the congregation.

  • dugma

    n. Example.

  • dugma ishit

    n. Role model, personal example.

  • dugree

    adj. Direct, unvarnished, uneuphemistic.

  • dveykus

    n. Spiritual ecstasy; lit. "cleaving."

  • dybbuk

    n. A spirit, "often thought to be the soul of a dead person, that wanders the earth looking for a living body to inhabit" (JPS).