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  • a long life

    Used to greet a mourner after someone has died.

  • a nechtiker tog

    Not on your life!

  • bitul

    "contempt, disparagement" (Steinmetz)

  • bubbe meise

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

  • Chabad

    an outreach-oriented branch of Hasidic Judaism that follows the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Chabad has thousands of branches around the world, including at many college campuses.

  • chas v'chalila

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

  • chasidishkeit

    Chasidic piety

  • farbaysn

    snacks

  • farbreng

    to spend or pass time

  • farbrengen

    a gathering or celebration that includes a spiritual or religious component

  • faribel

    to have a grievance, to be aggrieved

  • from your mouth to God's ears

    response to a good wish or blessing that mentions future events: I want that to happen, but I'm not sure it will.

  • frumkeit

    Jewish religiosity, frumness

  • gebrokts

    (2) People who hold by the stringency against eating wetted matzah.

  • gelilah

    "Binding and bedecking of the Torah scroll" (Glinert)

  • geza

    n. good lineage

  • ghattis

    derogatory term for working-class or boorish Afrikaaner person

  • hagba

    the ceremonial raising of a Sefer Torah for all the congregation to see

  • hisbonenus

    contemplation, reflection

  • hoo-ha

    interjection of admiration or astonishment