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  • BCE

    adv. Before the Common Era (used in place of B.C.). Steinmetz: "...recently, a new awareness of the Christian character of these abbreviations have led many Jewish writers and editors to replace them with [C.E. And B.C.E.]"

  • Borscht Belt

    n. Region in the Catskill Mountains with many summer resorts frequented by Jews, especially in the mid twentieth century.

  • bupkis

    adv. Nothing.

  • chutzpah

    n. Guts (positive).

  • gesundheit

    interj. Health. (Bless you) - said in response to a sneeze.

  • glitch

    n. Flaw; slight problem in a process.

  • goy

    n. A nation, but not the Jewish nation.

  • hoo-ha

    interj. Interjection of admiration or astonishment.

  • kibbitz

    v. "To socialize aimlessly...To carry on a running commentary." (Rosten)

  • klezmer

    n. "Eastern European style of instrumental music." (JPS)

  • kvell

    v. Feel or express pride, "to be extraordinarily pleased." (JPS)

  • kvetch

    v. "To chronically complain or gripe to others over minor issues." (JPS)

  • mazel tov

    interj. Congratulations [lit. "good fortune"].

  • mazume

    n. "A group of three or more adult males who join together to recite the after-meal blessings..." (Steinmetz)

  • mensch

    n. "An upright, honorable, a decent person." (Rosten)

  • meshuga

    adj. Crazy.

  • mitzvah

    n. Good deed.

  • nebbish

    n. Nerdy, clumsy, awkward person.

  • oy vey

    interj. Exclamation of dismay, exasperation, or surprise.

  • sabra

    n. A prickly pear, "tough and prickly on the outside, tender and sweet on the inside--a description that many say fits citizens of the Jewish state." (JPS)