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  • abba

    n. Father, dad, daddy.

  • aliyah

    n. "Calling to the reading of the Torah." (Glinert)

  • chag sameach

    interj. "Literally, 'Happy Holiday.' The traditional, all-purpose greeting exchanged on almost any Jewish holiday" (JPS).

  • 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.)

  • hafsaka

    n. Break or interruption

  • halevai

    interj. If only.

  • kol hakavod

    interj. Literally, "All the honor", as in "More honor to you!"

  • machloket

    n. Disagreement, dispute, argument, conflict, especially one about a halachic issue.

  • madrega

    n. Level, especially spiritual level.

  • matzav

    situation

  • mazel

    congratulations

  • shidduch

    a date in the process of finding one's spouse

  • toyve

    A favor

  • tzadik

    Someone who does extremely righteous deeds.

  • yerida

    emigration from Israel