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  • chag sameach

    interj. "Literally, 'Happy Holiday.' The traditional, all-purpose greeting exchanged on almost any Jewish holiday" (JPS).

  • chaver

    n. Friend.

  • kallah

    n. Jewish communal gathering, conference.

  • kesiva vechasima tova

    "A good writing and sealing (in the Book of Life)!" Formal Ashkenazi greeting on Rosh Hashanah.

  • leshana tova tikateivu

    "(May you) be inscribed for a good year (in the Book of Life)!" A formal greeting exchanged bu Ashkenazim on Rosh Hashanah.

  • pikuach nefesh

    The principle that the law of saving a person's life takes precedence over all other laws, with the exception of the laws prohibiting idolatry, incestuous relations, and the murder of an innocent person.

  • shidduch

    a date in the process of finding one's spouse

  • tachlis

    practical details of a matter, "brass tacks" (as in, "Let's get down to brass tacks.")

  • tikkun olam

    kabbalistic concept of mystically repairing the fabric of the world through the performance of mitzvot

  • Tu Bishvat

    prop. n. Jewish Arbor Day, the New Year for Trees.

  • va'ad

    "committee or council" (Steinmetz), group convened for a particular purpose, including rabbinical council, kashrut supervisory council, youth group/synagogue board of directors, study group, etc.