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  • arba kosot

    n. "The four glasses of wine drunk on Passover" (Glinert).

  • Av

    n. The eleventh month of the Jewish calendar (or fifth if counting from Nisan).

  • badchen

    n. A merry maker as at a Jewish wedding or other Jewish celebration.

  • balaboosta

    n. Female head of household.

  • balabos

    n. Male head of a household.

  • bencher

    n. Prayer booklet or card with the text of the blessings after meals, and often times including other meal-time blessings and songs.

  • besamim

    n. "Literally, 'spices.' It almost always refers to the spices in the spice box used for the Havdalah ceremony" (JPS).

  • blech

    n. An electric hot plate or "sheet of metal that can be placed over the burners on a stove to retain heat, so that precooked food...can be kept warm during the Sabbath." (JPS)

  • bubbale

    n. Sweetie, darling [term of endearment].

  • chametzdik

    adj. Containing or contaminated with chametz (and therefore unfit to be used or eaten by observant Jews on Pesach).

  • chazer

    v. "Go over; review" (Weiser).

  • cheder

    n. Hebrew and religious classes (often on Sundays) for elementary school children.

  • Cheshvan

    n. The second month of the Jewish calendar (or eighth if counting from Nisan).

  • chrain

    n. A spicy paste made from grated horseradish.

  • derech eretz

    adj. Participating in modern society.

  • duchen

    n. A ritual where the kohanim recite the Priestly Blessing (Num. 6:24-26), blessing the rest of the congregation.

  • dveykus

    n. Spiritual ecstasy; lit. "cleaving."

  • Elul

    n. The twelfth month of the Jewish calendar (or sixth if counting from Nisan).

  • emunah

    n. "Faith"; sometimes contrasted with practical striving in the material world.