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  • bitul

    "contempt, disparagement" (Steinmetz)

  • bubbe meise

    "Something of little importance, an inconsequential thing or minor happening." (JPS)

  • chas v'chalila

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

  • get

    a writ or deed of divorce

  • hashgacha pratis

    divine providence in everyday life

  • keli

    vessel to receive a blessing

  • mashke

    alcoholic beverage (typically vodka or whiskey)

  • mashpia

    adj. (with 'on') influential

  • shkiah

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

  • sicha

    public talk

  • sofer

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

  • svara

    justification, reason, plausible explanation