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  • yachna

    n. A talkative or gossipy woman.

  • yad

    n. The metal or wooden pointer used to follow the text when reading Torah; lit. "hand."

  • yafeh meod

    interj. "Very nice!"

  • yahrzeit

    n. The anniversary of a person's death, generally marked by relatives in some way.

  • yainee

    n. Other types of chassidim [i.e. non-Chabad] , especially youth.

  • yala

    interj. "Let's go."

  • yamim noraim

    n. High holy days/high holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

  • yarmulke

    n. Religious skullcap.

  • yasher koach

    interj. Thank you (used by Orthodox Jews).

  • yechidus

    n. A private audience a rebbe to obtain his advice or blessing.

  • yechinik

    n. A Lubavicher (a Hasidic group, Chabad) who believes that Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavicher rebbe, is the Moshiach.

  • Yehi Ratzones

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  • Yekke

    n. A Jew who behaves according to the stereotype of Jews of German heritage: punctual and concerned with details.

  • yeladim

    n. Children.

  • yemach shemo

    interj. "May his name be erased", appended to the names of evil people such as Haman and Hitler.

  • yenevelt

    n. The world to come, hereafter.

  • yenta

    n. "A scandal spreader, a rumormongerer." (Rosten). Usually applied to women.

  • yerida

    n. Emigration from Israel.

  • Yerushalayim

    n. Jerusalem.

  • yeshiva

    n. Traditionally, an institution that focuses on teaching Talmud to boys and young men. Today yeshivas exist for men and women.

  • Yeshiva League

    n. The social cohort of teenagers in the New York metropolitan area who attend Modern or Centrist Orthodox high schools; the collection of high schools associated with this group.

  • yeshivish

    adj. Litvish; associated with the rationalistic Jewish Lithuanian tradition; associated with non-Hasidic Black Hat communities.

  • yesod

    n. "Basis, or essential, guiding principle: fundamental" (Weiser); "foundation" (Steinmetz, Dictionary of Jewish Usage; Eisenberg & Scolnic); "groundwork" (Steinmetz, Yiddish and English).

  • yetzer hara

    Lit. 'The evil inclination.'

  • yichus

    n. "Pedigree, lineage, family background." (JPS)

  • yid

    n. A Jewish person.

  • Yiddish

    n. Traditional language of Ashkenazic Jewry.

  • yiddishe kop

    n. Having the mental agility for traditional Jewish scholarship, or simple common sense.

  • yiddishkeit

    n. "Jewishness"; sometimes used interchangeably with 'Judaism' or 'Jewish culture.'

  • Yigdal

    n. Hymn often sung at the end of a prayer service, based on Maimonides' Thirteen Principles of Faith.

  • Yinglish

    n. "[The] informal and facetious name for" "the Yiddish-influenced [variety] of English used chiefly by American and British Jews of Ashkenazi descent." (Steinmetz)

  • yiras shamayim

    n. "Awe of heaven."

  • yofi

    interj. Nice, good (used as an interjection, not adjective).

  • yoikelta

    n. Derogatory reference to a non-Jewish woman.

  • yok

    n. Rowdy non-Jewish hooligan (derogatory).

  • yold

    n. Fool, dupe.

  • Yom Ha'atzmaut

    n. Israeli Independence Day.

  • yom huledet sameach

    interj. "Happy birthday!"

  • Yom Kippur

    day of atonement, arguably the most important day on the Jewish calendar

  • yom yam

    n. Beach day; a sunny, warm day to skip school and hang out at the beach.

  • yontefdik

    adj. Festive; related to or appropriate for a holiday.

  • yontif

    n. A Jewish holiday, especially one on which work is prohibited (in contrast to chol hamoed).

  • yosem

    n. Orphan.

  • Yoshke

    n. An irreverent or derogatory name for Jesus Christ.

  • yotzei

    adj. Released from a religious obligation by dint of completion or fulfillment; "to have done what's required" (Glinert).

  • yotzmach

    n. A fool, a clueless person, someone who doesn't know what they're doing.

  • yungerman

    n. A married male learning in Kollel, as opposed to working for a living.

  • yutz

    n. Dumb jerk.