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  • ad me'ah v'esrim

    interj. "[May you/he/she live]until a hundred and twenty."

  • al regel achat

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

  • b'emet

    "As a matter of fact." (Weiser); "Really?"

  • balagan

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

  • bekitzur

    "Briefly or concisely: succinctly" (Weiser)

  • besamim

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

  • bitachon

    faith, trust

  • boydem


  • Breslover

    A follower of the Hasidic branch of Judaism that adheres to the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov.

  • chas v'chalila

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

  • chaver


  • chaverim

    members, friends

  • davka

    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.)

  • golus

    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)

  • madrega

    level, especially spiritual level

  • malshin

    noun: One who slanders, especially one who turns over a Jew to non-Jewish authorities; informer, stool pigeon, snitch

  • matzav


  • nu

    so what?; so?; hurry up already

  • stam

    only, simply, just for fun, not for a specific purpose