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  • apikorsus

    n. Heresy.

  • bar minan

    interj. Used when mentioning a tragedy or general calamity that one does not wish on him/herself or others. Also used as a follow up to the words "a Dio" when surprised by something scary.

  • chatzi kaddish

    n. Half kaddish: a prayer that praises God and occurs several times during services, marking the separation between different parts of the service.

  • Chitas

    n. A daily study practice by Chabad including daily selections from the Chumash, Psalms, and the Tanya.

  • chumradik

    adj. Stringent, used to imply that a person is making the most strict halachic ruling, or follows additional restrictions in his or her practice.

  • dugma

    n. Example.

  • heicha kedusha

    n. Abbreviated version of the repetition of the Shmona Esre / Amidah.

  • hillula

    n. The anniversary of the death of a great tzaddik; a celebration of the tzaddik's life on that day.

  • hishapcha

    n. Transformation to good.

  • hiskafya

    n. Self-control.

  • igros

    n. The multi-volume collection of letters by the Lubavitcher Rebbe that is often used as a kind of an oracle.

  • keitzed m'rakdim

    dancing before the groom and bride at a wedding, more often called 'wedding shtick'

  • la kashya

    Not a problem, no difficulty. When two (Talmudic) opinions appear to contradict each other, "la kashya" signals that a resolution is at hand.

  • masechta

    Talmudic tractate

  • prutah

    two cents (fig.)

  • savtadik

    (1) something that reminds one favorably of one's savfta (grandmother); (2) something that meets with savta's approval

  • teiku

    The question remains unanswered.

  • yotzmach

    a fool, a clueless person, someone who doesn't know what they're doing