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  • a long life

    Used to greet a mourner after someone has died.

  • bitul

    "contempt, disparagement" (Steinmetz)

  • 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

  • doikayt


  • farbaysn


  • farbreng

    to spend or pass time

  • farbrengen

    a gathering or celebration that includes a spiritual or religious component

  • frumkeit

    Jewish religiosity, frumness

  • gebrokts

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

  • gelilah

    n. "Binding and bedecking of the Torah scroll[.]" (Glinert)

  • geza

    n. good lineage

  • hagba

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

  • hisbonenus

    contemplation, reflection

  • hoo-ha

    interjection of admiration or astonishment

  • keli

    vessel to receive a blessing

  • licht bentschen

    the time at which it is prescribed to light candles for Shabbat or yontif (18 minutes before shkiah [sunset, which officially begins Shabbat/chag])

  • Maariv

    n. The Jewish evening prayer service.

  • madrega

    level, especially spiritual level