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  • bekitzur

    adv. "Briefly or concisely: succinctly" (Weiser).

  • chazir

    n. Pork.

  • chidush

    n. Innovative idea; an insight; discovery; novelty.

  • davka

    adv. Even; despite expectations to the contrary -- often with a slightly amused or ironic feeling of "wouldn't you know it?" or "of all things" ("of all people" ... etc.)

  • frum

    adj. Religious; observant; Orthodox.

  • frumkeit

    n. Jewish religiosity, frum-ness.

  • glatt

    adj., adv. Super-kosher (not only of food), or acceptable to the Haredi community.

  • golus

    n. Literally "exile" (JPS); outside of the Land of Israel; away from a vibrant Jewish community; the time period since the destruction of the Second Temple at Jerusalem (Glinert).

  • gurnisht

    n. "Nothing, zilch, zero." (JPS)

  • halevai

    interj. If only.

  • kavanah

    n. "Attention to the meaning, spirit, and purpose of words." (Weiser)

  • koved

    "honor, dignity, respect" (JPS)

  • madrega

    level, especially spiritual level

  • mamish

    "1. As though true to fact...2. Surely or certainly...3. Actually, genuinely...4. To a high degree...5. Enthusiastic response: WOW." (Weiser)

  • mazel


  • nogeia

    related to, relevant to, pertaining to

  • rosh yeshiva

    n. The head of a yeshiva.

  • schnorrer

    a begger, a parasite. "A moocher" (JPS)

  • sechel

    "Common sense" (JPS), intelligence

  • shidduch

    a date in the process of finding one's spouse