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  • acharon acharon chaviv

    adv. Last but not least.

  • al regel achat

    lit. "on one foot"; off-the-cuff; "To answer a question or deal with a query very briefly and cursorily." (Glinert)

  • aleph-bet

    "A name for the Hebrew alphabet" (JPS)

  • am haaretz

    Bumpkin, ignoramus, uneducated person

  • apikoros

    heretic, non-believer, especially one with great knowledge of Judaism

  • arba kanfot

    A tallit katan (see tzitzit)

  • arba kosot

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

  • averah

    religious transgression (Glinert: "An aveirah is an infringement on the Torah, the opposite of a mitzvah.")

  • baal gaavah

    "conceited person" (Steinmetz)

  • balabos

    Male head of a household

  • balagan

    "a disorderly, confusing, and/or overwhelming situation" (Glinert)

  • batlan

    "Someone without a trade or regular means of livelihood" (Rosten).

  • besamim

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

  • bikur cholim

    visiting the sick

  • bitachon

    faith, trust

  • bli neder

    "Literally, 'without vowing', this is added to any casual promise to avoid it being taken as an absolute undertaking." (Glinert)

  • bracha

    blessing (in the technical or figurative sense)

  • bris

    circumcision ceremony; the celebration surrounding it. Lit. covenant.

  • broiges

    angry, annoyed (adj.)

  • busha

    "Disgrace" (Glinert), shame, embarrassment