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  • Rabbeinu Tam

    n. A second pair of tefillin worn by some Orthodox and Chasidic men, especially Chabad.

  • rachmones

    n. Mercy, pity, empathy.

  • ram kol

    n. Loudspeaker.

  • reb

    n. "Sir"; "mister."

  • rebbe

    n. The spiritual leader of a Hasidic sect.

  • rebbeyish

    n. Pertaining to the Hasidic rebbe.

  • rebetzin

    n. Wife of a rabbi.

  • reckel

    n. Long black coat worn by Yeshivish men.

  • Recon

    Adj. Of or pertaining to Reconstructionist Judaism (a movement founded by Rabbi M. M. Kaplan, emphasizing Judaism as a civilization more than a religion).

  • Reform

    n. A Jewish movement founded on principles of the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah), which rejected the binding nature of the Law and attempted to concentrate on the prophetic message; it is now the largest movement in the United States, and has an additional 1 million adherents worldwide.

  • Reform Judaism

    n. A liberal, progressive branch of Judaism that emphasizes choice through knowledge.

  • refua shlema

    interj., n. "Get well soon." Lit. "full recovery."

  • refusenik

    n. Term for Soviet Jews who were not allowed to openly practice Judaism or emigrate from Soviet Union.

  • rega

    interj. Wait, hold on; lit. "an instant."

  • reid

    n. "Unofficial information spread through the grapevine" (Weiser), especially information related to Talmud study.

  • religious school

    n. After-school Jewish supplementary education, usually from elementary through high school. may occur during the week or on Sundays.

  • Rema

    n. An Ashkenazi gloss on the Shulchan Aruch written by Moshe Isserles (known as the "Rema") in Poland; it applies the essentially Sephardi oriented Shulchan Aruch to Ashkenazi communities.

  • remez

    n. "A mark or detail that suggests the existence of implicit information, a trace, an allusion." (Weiser)

  • renewal

    n. An alternative stream of rabbis and congregations, independent of the "mainstream" denominations, that fosters an open and experimental approach to Judaism, often drawing from the Jewish mystical tradition and non-Jewish spiritual traditions.

  • responsa

    n. Written decisions and legal rulings by rabbis appointed to be legal deciders.

  • revi'i

    n. The fourth aliyah in a Torah service.

  • rikud

    n. Dancing, especially Israeli dancing (at camp).

  • rishon

    n. "Earlier rabbis and scholars, who lived from around the 11th to the mid-15th century C.E., before the Shulchan Arukh, the compilation of Jewish law, was written." (JPS)

  • rosh

    n. The head of a division or area of camp (e.g. age group, sport, art, education).

  • Rosh Chodesh

    n. Start of a new month in the Hebrew calendar.

  • rosh edah

    n. Supervisor of staff member responsible for a particular age group at summer camp.

  • Rosh Hashanah

    n. The Jewish new year.

  • rosh yeshiva

    n. The head of a yeshiva.

  • rov

    n. A particularly notable rabbi; a halachic decisor.

  • ruach

    n. Spirit, "spiritedness, morale." (JPS)

  • ruchnies

    n. Spirituality.

  • rugelach

    n. "Bite-size crescent-shaped pastries, rolled around a variety of fillings, including chopped raisins and walnuts, apple, raspberry, [chocolate] or mun, topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar." (JPS)

  • RWMO

    n. 'Right-wing Modern Orthodox' - often University-educated and open to (certain) professional training and education, but seriously committed to halakhic observance.