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  • 9 Days

    prop. n. The nine days leading up to Tisha B'Av, generally considered a time of mourning in which it is customary to abstain from eating meat, washing clothes, getting haircuts, or shaving.

  • a long life

    interj. Used to greet a mourner after someone has died.

  • answer up

    v. Counter, retort.

  • anticirc

    n. Growing movement of Jews and non-Jews who are opposed to circumcision.

  • Ashkenormative

    adj. Assuming that all Jews are Ashkenazi, not considering Jews with other backgrounds.

  • Ashki

    n. Nickname for Ashkenazi Jews.

  • b mitzvah

    n. The gender-neutral equivalent of a bar or bat mitzvah (used to be inclusive of genderfluid or nonbinary children).

  • b'shalom

    adv. "In peace" (used to sign off in written correspondence).

  • bageling

    v. Identifying another person as a Jew.

  • bark mitzvah

    n. A mock celebration for a dog, akin to a bar/bat mitzvah (meant to be comedic).

  • Be well

    interj. Closing to a letter or conversation: Take care, be healthy.

  • beck

    n. Young, materialistic, shallow person.

  • Birthright

    n. A free 10-day trip to Israel for young Diaspora Jews ages 18-26. Over 400,000 Jews have been to Israel on Birthright.

  • black hat

    n. Haredi; describing people or traditions of the right end of the Orthodox continuum, encompassing Hasidic and non-Hasidic (or just non-Hasidic) Orthodox Jews, of whom the men wear black hats

  • bond of life

    n. Common translation of the Hebrew "tzror ha-hayim," referring to a transcendent realm where the souls of righteous are kept in safekeeping.

  • break fast

    n. The meal that takes place after a fast.

  • cashew

    n. A person of Catholic and Jewish heritage.

  • CCAR

    n. A union of Reform Rabbis that determines pay and benefits, as well as who can work at Reform movement-affiliated synagogues.

  • cement mixer

    n. Non-Jewish woman.