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  • bitul

    "contempt, disparagement" (Steinmetz)

  • chas v'chalila

    "heaven forbid" (Steinmetz's Yiddish and English dictionary)

  • farbreng

    to spend or pass time

  • farbrengen

    a gathering or celebration that includes a spiritual or religious component

  • get

    a writ or deed of divorce

  • hashgacha pratis

    divine providence in everyday life

  • hoo-ha

    interjection of admiration or astonishment

  • keli

    vessel to receive a blessing

  • madrega

    level, especially spiritual level

  • madrich

    1. Youth counselor or supervisor 2. A teacher's assistant for elementary and middle schoolers during classes in religious schools.

  • mashke

    alcoholic beverage (typically vodka or whiskey)

  • mashpia

    adj. (with 'on') influential

  • oleh

    Immigrant to Israel; a person who makes aliyah.

  • shicker


  • shkiah

    sunset: when Shabbat or yontif/chag starts (and after which it is no longer halachically permissible to light candles)

  • shul


  • sicha

    public talk

  • sofer

    A scribe trained in transcribing the Torah, mezuzah, tefillin scriptures and other religious texts on parchment.