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  • acharon acharon chaviv

    "The very last one is beloved."; "Last but not least."

  • achdut

    "sense of common purpose fostering harmony: unity, solidarity" (Weiser)

  • achrayut

    "Obligation, financial or personal, to others: burden" (Weiser)

  • aderaba

    certainly, by all means; I certainly don't object

  • 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)

  • am haaretz

    Bumpkin, ignoramus, uneducated person

  • aveil

    "Someone who is in mourning" (Glinert).

  • averah

    religious transgression (Glinert: "An aveirah is an infringement on the Torah, the opposite of a mitzvah.")

  • ayin hara

    The evil eye

  • baal gaavah

    "conceited person" (Steinmetz)

  • balaboosta

    1) Female head of household 2) Impressively competent homemaker

  • balabos

    Male head of a household

  • baruch haba


  • batlan

    "Someone without a trade or regular means of livelihood" (Rosten).

  • bechina

    examination, particularly for rabbinic ordination

  • bechira

    free will

  • behema

    a boor, an uncouth, unmannered individual

  • bekies

    "range of personal knowledge" (Weiser)