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  • abba

    n. Father, dad, daddy.

  • abi gezunt

    interj. "As long as you're healthy [you can be happy]."

  • ad kdei kach

    interj. "[E]xpression of wonder regarding the extent or intensity of something." (Weiser)

  • aderaba

    adv. "By all means, certainly." (Weiser)

  • Adonai

    "Literally, 'my Lord', another word for God." (JPS)

  • afikomen

    n. A piece of matzah from the Pesach seder traditionally hidden by adults, found by the children (or vice versa), and then ransomed for gifts after the meal.

  • agunah

    n. A woman whose husband has refused her a get.

  • Aibishter

    n. God, lit. "supreme one" or "the one above"

  • tzimtzum

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

  • acharon acharon chaviv

    adv. Last but not least.

  • al regel achat

    adv. lit. "On one foot"; off-the-cuff; in short; (of a question) "[answered] very briefly and cursorily" (Glinert).

  • aleph-bet

    n. "A name for the Hebrew alphabet" (JPS)

  • aliyah

    n. "Calling to the reading of the Torah." (Glinert)

  • alte haym

    n. Eastern Europe.

  • alte kaker

    n. Elderly person, old-timer; "A crotchety, fussy, ineffectual old man" (Rosten).

  • altz iz gut

    (sentence) "All is well."

  • Am Yisrael

    n. "Literally, The People of Israel." (JPS)

  • amen

    interj. Agreed. "The word used at the end of prayer to signify affirmation." (Rosten)

  • amcha

    n. The every-man, everyday people; the folk (as opposed to the elite).

  • Amidah

    n. The Shemoneh Esrei prayer.