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  • Ta'anit Bechorot

    n. The Fast of the Firstborn, a minor Jewish fast day on the day before Pesach, on which firstborn males are required to fast.

  • Taanit Esther

    n. A minor Jewish fast day on the day before Purim commemorating "how Queen Esther fasted and prayed to God for guidance before she agreed to go before King Ahasuerus, pleading with him to spare the Jews of ancient Persia [from Haman]" (JPS).

  • tachlis

    n. Practical details of a matter, "brass tacks" (as in, "Let's get down to brass tacks.")

  • tachrichim

    n. Burial shrouds.

  • tafkid

    n. Divinely ordained purpose.

  • tahalucha

    n. A practice in Chabad to visit non-Chabad synagogues on Jewish holidays.

  • taharas hamishpachah

    n. The body of law surrounding menstruation, lit. "family purity."

  • tahini

    n. "A creamy paste made from ground sesame seeds." (JPS)

  • tahor

    adj. Ritually pure, clean.

  • taiva

    n. Lust, desire.

  • taka

    adv. Is that so? Really, actually, indeed, "in consideration of all the information available." (Weiser) (can also be used ironically.)

  • takkanah

    n. A rabbinical decree or ordinance, issued to improve religious life.

  • talit katan

    n. A garment worn under the shirt by Orthodox men and boys, with a tassel hanging down from each of the four corners (as opposed to a tallit gadol, which is worn over the shirt and only while praying).

  • tallis

    n. Prayer shawl.

  • Talmud

    n. "The body of Jewish law and tradition comprising the Mishnah and the Gemara, compiled from about 30 B.C.E to about 500 C.E." (Steinmetz)

  • Talmudic

    adj. Having to do with or dictated by the Talmud.

  • tam

    n. Taste, flavor (in culinary and other cultural domains).

  • tamei

    adj. Ritually impure, unclean.

  • Tammuz

    n. The tenth month of the Jewish calendar (or fourth if counting from Nisan).

  • Tanach

    n. The entire Jewish bible including the Torah, Prophets, Writings. ['tanakh' is an acronym of the names of the three sections of the bible: torah, nevi'im and kethuvim.]

  • Tanya

    n. The foundational text of Chabad Lubavitch written by the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi.

  • tashlich

    n. "The custom of going to a...body of running water on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah...and reciting certain penitential verses [and throwing breadcrumbs, symbolizing sins, in to the water.]" (Steinmetz)

  • tatala

    n. "'Little papa.' A term of endearment for a little boy. Old-fashioned usage." (Eisenberg)

  • tate

    n. Dad.

  • tchotchke

    n. Trinket, knicknack.

  • teatron

    n. Theater.

  • tefach

    n. A halachic unit of measure: four fingers (a palm's breadth) high.

  • tefillah

    n. Prayer, services, or an individual prayer.

  • tefillat haderech

    n. The prayer for a safe journey.

  • tefillin

    n. Small black boxes containing sections of the Shema attached to leather straps and worn around the head and arm during prayer, sometimes translated by the English word "phylacteries."

  • Tefillin date

    n. A date on which the male brings along his tefillin, in the expectation that he may spend the night with his date (because he is conscientious about the mitzvah of tefillin and the need to put on his tefillin the following morning).

  • Tehilim

    n. Psalms (from The Book of Psalms).

  • tehina

    n. A paste made from ground sesame seeds, used as a dip or spread.

  • teiglach

    n. A confection of dough balls dipped in honey/syrup and eaten at Rosh Hashanah.

  • teiku

    interj. The question remains unanswered.

  • tekes

    n. Ceremony, usually surrounding something identified as Israeli or Jewish.

  • tell over

    v. To repeat or teach a story heard elsewhere.

  • temple

    n. Synagogue.

  • tenai

    n. "A condition of circumstance upon which a certain effect is predicated: Stipulation." (Weiser).

  • tepple

    n. A pot or a pan.

  • teshuvah

    n. Repentance (lit. "return").

  • teva

    n. Character (quality of a person or thing).

  • Tevet

    n. The fourth month of the Jewish calendar (or tenth if counting from Nisan).

  • Thanksgivukkah

    n. "Thanksgivukkah is a pop-culture portmanteau neologism given to the convergence of the American holiday of Thanksgiving and the first day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah on Thursday, November 28, 2013." (Wikipedia)

  • The Chosen People

    n. Fefers to the jewish people as a whole having a unique relationship with god; (translation of hebrew phrase "am nivchar").

  • Three Weeks

    n. A period of semi-mourning commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. "The three weeks between shiva asar betamuz (17th of Tamuz), when the walls of Jerusalem were breached, and Tisha b'Av (9th of Av), when the Temple was destroyed." (Steinmetz)

  • tichel

    n. Headscarf worn by Orthodox women.

  • tikkun

    n. "A volume containing the Hebrew text of the Chumash...without vowels or accents [trop] [usually side by side with the text with vowels and trop] to help the...reader prepare for the public reading of the Torah" (Steinmetz, Dictionary of Jewish Usage).

  • tikkun leil Shavuot

    n. The tradition of staying up all night on Shavuot to engage in Jewish learning.

  • tikkun olam

    n. Kabbalistic concept of mystically repairing the fabric of the world through the performance of mitzvot.

  • tisch

    n. A festive friday night gathering, often involving alcohol and singing [lit. "table"]. in hasidic circles, the rebbe often hosts a tisch with hundreds of hasidim at which he shares his teachings.

  • Tisha B'Av

    n. The 9th of Av, a Jewish fast day on which it is believed that the First and Second Temples were destroyed, said by some to be the saddest day on the Jewish calendar.

  • Tishri

    n. The first month of the Jewish calendar (or seventh if counting from Nisan).

  • titchadesh

    interj. "Use it in good health" or "Enjoy your new item."

  • tiyul

    n. A walk, journey, hike, field trip, or overnight.

  • Tizke vetichye vita'arich yamim

    (sentence) May you have the fortune to have a long and good life!

  • Tizku Leshanim rabot

    (sentence) Wishing you many, many years!

  • tochecha

    n. Rebuke, or corrections, for one's behavior, particularly as it pertains to Jewish practice.

  • toda

    interj. "Thank you."

  • todah me'rosh

    interj. Thank you in advance.

  • todah rabah

    interj. "Thanks so much!"; "Many thanks!".

  • tohu vavohu

    n. The state of shapeless and formless primordial chaos that the universe was in (according to the Torah) before God created the world.

  • toivel

    v. To immerse dishes in a ritual bath (mikvah) to render them usable in a kosher kitchen.

  • Torah

    n. Jewish law and values in general.

  • Torah reading

    n. A section of the torah read on certain days during the week. (translation of hebrew phrase "kriyas hatorah")

  • Torah service

    n. The section of a Jewish prayer service in which the Torah is read.

  • toranut

    n. Tour of duty, esp. the task of serving and clearing food, and/or setting and clearing plates, at communal meals at Jewish summer camp.

  • toren

    n. Flagpole.

  • Tot Shabbat

    n. A synagogue-based service or play group for young children on Shabbat.

  • tov

    interj. "Good", "okay."

  • toyve

    n. A favor.

  • traditional-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.

  • treif

    n., adj. Food prohibited by the Jewish dietary laws.

  • trichitza

    n. A method of dividing a prayer space into three sections, a men's section, a women's section, and a third section for mixed seating.

  • triple-h

    n. Good-looking Jewish female ("hot Hebrew honey").

  • trop

    n. Series of traditional chanting/melodic patterns used in reading the Torah and other books of the Tanakh in communal prayer services.

  • truntor

    n. Old broken down car/ jalopy.

  • tsedreyt

    adj. Mixed up, twisted, distorted, turned around.

  • tsekrochen

    adj. Slovenly, [feeling] feeble or fragile, usually owing to minor illness or a night of excess.

  • tseloznik

    n. A cute, mischievous child.

  • tsemisht

    adj. Mixed-up, confused.

  • tsibur

    n. The public.

  • tsniusdik

    adj. Modest, discrete, especially according to Orthodox norms of dress, comportment, and gender interaction.

  • tsorris

    n. "Troubles, woes, worries, suffering." (Rosten)

  • tsu gezunt

    n. A response after another person sneezes (analogous to "bless you").

  • tsvuak

    n. Hypocrite.

  • Tu b'Av

    n. The 15th of Av, sometimes associated with romantic love and jokingly called 'Jewish Valentine's Day'.

  • Tu Bishvat

    n. Jewish Arbor Day, the New Year for Trees.

  • tuches

    n. Buttocks.

  • tuches afn tisch

    interj. Lay your cards on the table [lit. "backside on the table"]

  • tumler

    n. "A funmaker, a 'live wire,' a clown, a prankster, the 'life of the party." (Rosten)

  • tuna bagel

    n. A person (usually a young, Hasidic man) who appears to be religious but is in part or in whole not observant; OR who is observant and wears Hasidic garb, but otherwise behaves like non-Hasidic Orthodox Jews.

  • tush

    n. Buttocks.

  • tza'ar ba'alei chayim

    n. Pity for living creatures (Steinmetz), or compassion for animals.

  • tzadik

    n. Someone who does extremely righteous deeds.

  • TzaHaL

    n. Acronym for: ts'va ha-haganah le-yisrael, the Israeli defense force (IDF).

  • tzedakah

    n. Charity, money given to charity.

  • tzedek

    n. Justice.

  • tzedek, tzedek tirdof

    (sentence) "Justice, justice, you will pursue." (Deuteronomy 16:20)

  • tzeit

    n. Nightfall; the time when three stars have appeared in the sky (short for tzeit hakochavim - stars coming out).

  • tzetl

    n. A petition for a blessing from a rebbe.

  • tzevet

    n. Staff member.

  • tzimmes

    n. "A sweet, baked dish of vegetables or fruit. Carrot tzimmes, a popular version, includes carrots, sweet potatoes, dried apricots, raisins, sugar, and cinnamon" (JPS).

  • tzimtzum

    n. The theory of creation, in Lurianic Kabbalah, that G-d withdrew Himself to enable the creation of the universe.

  • tzitzit

    n. The fringes on a tallit or on a tallit katan.

  • tznius

    adj. Modest, discrete, especially according to Orthodox norms of dress, comportment, and gender interaction.

  • tzofim

    n. Scouts; often in imitation of the Tnuat HaTzofim program in Israel.

  • Tzom Gedaliah

    n. The Fast of Gedaliah, "a minor Jewish fast day...lament[ing] the assassination of Gedaliah, the righteous governor of [Judea]...[whose] death ended Jewish autonomy following the destruction of the First Temple." (source)

  • tzom kal

    interj. "Have an easy fast"; used as a greeting on Jewish fast days, especially Yom Kippur.

  • tzrif

    n. Cabin/bunk.