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  • achrai

    adj. "Charged with responsibility: accountable." (Weiser)

  • ad kan

    interj. "Expression used to induce cessation of activity or behavior: knock it off." (Weiser)

  • aderaba

    adv. "By all means, certainly." (Weiser)

  • agav

    adv. "By the way: incidentally" (Weiser).

  • apikorsus

    n. Heresy.

  • avade

    adv. Of course. / Obviously!

  • bedieved

    adv. "Done just well enough to fulfill a need or duty; perfunctorily" (Weiser, Frumspeak).

  • BS"D

    (sentence) "With the help of heaven"--an acronym that is put at the top of many documents produced by Orthodox Jews as a reminder that everything comes from G-d.

  • chabura

    n. Study group.

  • chad gadya

    n. The name of a song sung at the end of the Passover seder.

  • 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.

  • chumrah

    n. A religious stringency.

  • duchen

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

  • ein hachi nami

    adv., sent. "Granted"; yes, that's how it is, that's certainly true.

  • gemara

    n. "A compilation of 300 years of rabbis' legal and ethical commentaries on the Mishnah...together, the Gemara and the Mishnah comprise the Talmud." (JPS)

  • get

    n. A writ or deed of divorce.

  • girsa d'yankuta

    n. That which was learned as a young child.

  • guzme

    n. "[E]xaggeration" (Steinmetz, Yiddish and English).

  • halevai

    interj. If only.

  • heicha kedusha

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