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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 Passover seder traditionally hidden by adults, found by the children (or vice versa), and then ransomed for gifts after the meal.

  • agunah

    A woman whose husband has refused her a Jewish divorce.

  • Aibishter

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

  • tzimtzum

    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

    lit. "on one foot"; off-the-cuff; "To answer a question or deal with a query very briefly and cursorily." (Glinert)

  • aleph-bet

    "A name for the Hebrew alphabet" (JPS)

  • aliyah

    "calling to the reading of the Torah" (Glinert)

  • alte haym

    Eastern Europe (lit. "the old home")

  • alte kaker

    elderly person, old-timer [literally "old shitter"] "A crotchety, fussy, ineffectual old man." (Rosten)

  • altz iz gut

    "All is well."

  • Am Yisrael

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

  • amen

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

  • amcha

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

  • Amidah

    The Shemoneh Esrei prayer, which is said while standing [Amida, lit. "standing".]