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  • hachlama mehira

    interj. "(I hope you have a) quick recovery!"

  • hachlata

    n. Resolution, decision.

  • hachnasas orchim

    n. Hospitality (lit. "bringing in guests").

  • hachnosas kallah

    n. Charitable support for poor young women to get married.

  • hadass

    n. Myrtle, one of the arba minim used ritually on Sukkot.

  • Hadeed

    interj., adj. Awesome.

  • Hadras Y Baranas

    A big fuss for nothing

  • Hafgana

    n. Demonstration, protest.

  • hafsaka

    n. Break or interruption

  • haftorah

    n. "A reading from the biblical book of Prophets that is recited in synagogue immediately following the reading of the Torah" (JPS)

  • hagba

    n. The ceremonial raising of a Sefer Torah for all the congregation to see.

  • haggadah

    n. "The small book of liturgy, prayers, songs, and rituals used at a Pesach seder." (JPS)

  • Hagim u'zmanim lesasson

    n. Holidays and seasons for rejoicing!

  • Hagiographa

    n. The formal English name of the Ketuvim, usually translated as "the Writings."

  • hajj

    v. To stop.

  • hak mir nisht keyn tshaynik

    (sentence) Lit. "Don't knock a teakettle at me!"

  • HaKadosh Baruch Hu

    (sentence) God, lit. "The Holy One, Blessed Be He."

  • hakafah

    n. A go-around (similar to sivuv).

  • hakarat hatov

    n. Acknowledgement of support.

  • hakdama

    n. Introduction or preface (to a book).

  • hakshivu

    interj. "Attention;" used to begin announcements at many camps. (source)

  • halacha

    n. "Jewish law" (JPS).

  • halacha l'ma'aseh

    n. Practical application of Jewish law, i.e. how it's actually practiced. More broadly, can simply mean "what people do".

  • halachic

    adj. Relating to or dictated by halacha.

  • halachically

    adv. According to halacha, with regard to halacha.

  • halakhic-egalitarian

    n. A type of prayer group, service, community, or personal practice where people of all genders participate fully and equally in prayer services or other ritual functions (particularly women also performing rituals traditionally ascribed to men), while maintaining an adherence to traditional halachic practice, and seeing the egalitarian aspects of practice as harmonious with halacha.

  • halevai

    interj. If only.

  • Half Shabbas

    n. Describes Sabbath observance by someone (usually a teenager) who observes Shabbat in every respect - except one: they text/SMS/tweet on Shabbat (or use other digital communication). May extend to using other electronic/digital devices as well (e.g. tablets).

  • halleluyah

    interj. Praise God.

  • hamentaschen

    n. "Small, triangular-shaped cookies filled with fruit or jam that are eaten on Purim." (JPS)

  • hamevin yavin

    (sentence) "Those who understand will understand." "You know what I'm talking about."

  • hamsa

    n. A hand-shaped amulet (often a wall-hanging or jewelry) conferring good luck or protection, popular in Israel and originally from the Middle East / North Africa.

  • hamsayeh

    n. Neighbor.

  • hanafat hadegel

    n. Flag-raising ceremony.

  • handl

    v. To bargain, do business.

  • hanhallah

    n. The senior staff at a camp.

  • Hanukkah

    n. The winter-time festival that commemorates the rededication of the Temple after the Maccabean revolt in the second century B.C.E. (lit. "dedication")

  • Hanukkah Alegre

    interj. Happy hannukah!

  • harbotzas hatorah

    n. Spreading of Torah knowledge.

  • hardal

    n. A label for Israeli Jews who lean towards Haredi (non-modern, strictly Orthodox) and also very nationalistic / Zionist.

  • Haredi

    adj. (Of an individual, institution, or practice) associated with strictly Orthodox (non-Modern Orthodox) Jews.

  • Harry

    n. A single, yeshivish male (see bochur) who is less culturally yeshivish than his peers.

  • Hashem

    n. God, lit. "the name."

  • Hashem imachem

    interj. "God be with you!" Sephardi greeting stated by individuals approaching the Torah-reading desk after being called up to the Torah.

  • hashgacha

    n. Divine providence, interference, attention.

  • hashgacha klalis

    n. Divine providence on a "big picture" or general/communal level (as opposed to hashgacha pratis).

  • hashgacha pratis

    n. Divine providence on an individual level (as opposed to hashgacha klalis).

  • hashkafah

    n. Ideological outlook; point of view; "philosophy" (Weiser).

  • hashkama

    n. Wake-up time.

  • hashpa'ah

    n. Motivating force, source for change in one's actions, influence.

  • Hasid

    n. A disciple of a rabbi.

  • Hasidic

    adj. Of or relating to Hasidic Judaism or Hasidic Jews.

  • Haskalah

    n. 19th century Jewish Enlightenment, in which modern philosophy and literature entered Jewish consciousness

  • hasraah

    n. A formal warning given to a person who is about to commit a sin.

  • Hatikvah

    n. Literally "the hope." "The Israeli national anthem." (Glinert)

  • Hatzalah

    n. "[A] volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) organization serving mostly areas with Jewish communities around the world" (source).

  • havayah

    n. An alternate pronunciation of God's name.

  • havdalah

    n. "Literally 'separation'. The ceremony that marks the end of [the Sabbath] on Saturday evening." (JPS)

  • havurah

    n. A group of friends, frequently a social or religious group, either within a synagogue or apart from one.

  • Hayitochen

    interj. "How could this be?", "How is this possible?"

  • hazarai

    n. Treyf (non-kosher) food.

  • hazeret

    n. "A bitter vegetable, often romaine lettuce, sometimes placed on the seder plate" (JPS).

  • hazzanut

    n. "Cantorial singing." (Glinert)

  • hechsher

    n. (Rabbinic) stamp or seal of approval--typically designating a product as kosher

  • hechshered

    adj. (Of a packaged food product) given a hechsher, certified kosher.

  • heeb

    n. Slang term used to describe a Jewish person.

  • hefker

    adj. Running wild, undisciplined.

  • heicha kedusha

    n. Abbreviated version of the repetition of the Shmona Esre / Amidah.

  • heichal

    n. The ark in a synagogue which holds the Sifrei Torah.

  • heimish

    adj. At home, comfortable.

  • helzel

    n. Chicken neck, poultry neck, stuffed poultry neck, the skin around the chicken's neck which is then stuffed.

  • hergesh

    n. A feeling or yearning; awareness.

  • hesped

    n. Eulogy, funeral oration.

  • heter

    n. Rabbinic allowance.

  • hiddur mitzvah

    n. "Literally, 'beautifying the mitzvah.' The tradition of putting extra time, style, or resources into a mitzvah so that it is performed as beautifully as possible" (JPS).

  • Hillel

    n. An organization for Jewish college life, especially in North America.

  • hillula

    n. The anniversary of the death of a great tzaddik; a celebration of the tzaddik's life on that day.

  • Hinjew

    n. A Jewish person of Indian origin or a person with mixed Jewish and Indian ancestry.

  • hisbonenus

    n. Contemplation, reflection.

  • hishapcha

    n. Transformation to good.

  • hiskafya

    n. Self-control.

  • hiskashrus

    n. Devotion to a Chasidic rebbe.

  • hitbodedut

    n. Solitary prayer.

  • hizuk

    n. "Encouragement" (Glinert), inspiration, strengthening, uplifting.

  • hock

    v. "To bother incessantly: ANNOY." (Weiser)

  • hoda'ot

    n. Announcements.

  • hold

    v. To be on the verge of.

  • holishkes

    n. Sweet-and-sour cabbage leaves stuffed with rice and ground meat.

  • hoo-ha

    interj. Interjection of admiration or astonishment.

  • Hoshana Rabbah

    prop. n. A holiday taking place on the seventh day of Sukkot, "when it is traditional...to parade around the sanctuary carrying the lulav and etrog and to engage in all-night study of Jewish texts" (JPS).

  • hoshanos

    pl. n. "Prayers recited on Sukkot while circling the synagogue and waving the lulav" (JPS).

  • hot dairy (out) / cold dairy (out)

    n. A standard of kashrut held by some non-Orthodox Jews, which allows certain foods but not others to be eaten in non-kosher restaurants; "cold dairy" refers to unheated non-meat products such as a bagel with cream cheese, cold cereal, salads, or cottage cheese, while "hot dairy" refers to cooked dishes containing vegetables, fish or dairy.

  • hummus

    n. A puree of ground chickpeas and sesame seeds.

  • hummusiya

    n. "[A]n eatery that specializes in serving hummus as a main dish (often the only dish)" (source).