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  • a nechtiker tog

    interj. "Not on your life!"

  • abi gezunt

    interj. "As long as you're healthy [you can be happy]."

  • aderaba

    adv. "By all means, certainly." (Weiser)

  • aleichem sholom

    interj. Peace be upon you. Response to "sholom aleichem."

  • alte bubby

    n. Old woman, great-grandmother.

  • alte kaker

    n. Elderly person, old-timer [literally "old shitter"]. "A crotchety, fussy, ineffectual old man." (Rosten)

  • arba kanfot

    n. A tallit katan (see tzitzit)

  • arbes

    n. Boiled chickpeas.

  • aroisgevorfene gelt

    n. "A waste of money"; lit., thrown out money.

  • askan

    A person who is influential in working for the community

  • azoy

    So, thus

  • balaboosta

    1) Female head of household 2) Impressively competent homemaker

  • bashert

    Predicate adj. "Predestined, fated" (JPS)

  • batlan

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

  • belfer

    assistant teacher of children in a Hebrew school or cheyder

  • bencher

    prayer booklet or card with the text of the blessings after meals, and often times including other meal-time blessings and songs

  • besamim

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

  • bialy

    A flat breakfast roll, shaped like a round wading pool, sometimes sprinkled with onion. (Rosten)

  • biz hundert un tsvantsik

    [may you/he/she live] "until a hundred and twenty [years]" -- often used as a birthday wish for long life, or when mentioning a person who is getting on in years.

  • borscht

    "Borshtsh" is the Russian word for beet soup. Among Jews soup made from beets is considered Polish borshtsh, while Russian borshtsh is made from cabbage.