1 - 20 of 50

  • a long life

    Used to greet a mourner after someone has died.

  • antisemitism

    Hatred against Jews.

  • Ashkenazic

    Adjectival form for 'Ashkenazim', "The name given to the group of Jews who were originally from Germany and France, and their descendants" (JPS)

  • Ashkenormative

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

  • b mitzvah

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

  • bageling

    identifying another person as a Jew

  • bark mitzvah

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

  • barmy

    bar mitzvah

  • BCE

    Before the Common Era (used in place of B.C.). Steinmetz: "...recently, a new awareness of the Christian character of these abbreviations have led many Jewish writers and editors to replace them with [C.E. And B.C.E.]"

  • Be well

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

  • Birthright

    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

    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

  • Bujew

    a Jew who practices Buddhism; a Jew interested in Eastern spirituality

  • Chabad house

    a synagogue/residence/outreach center operated by Chabad-Lubabvitch, usually run by a Rabbi and wife, and often their children.

  • Conservative Judaism

    originally known as "historical positive Judaism," a denomination that combines observance with an idea of "halachic process." See further comments below.

  • continuity

    An objective, often expressed in response to rising rates of interfaith marriage, to ensure that Judaism is transmitted from one generation to the next.

  • Diaspora

    "The term for Jewish communities and their residents who live outside of the State of Israel" (JPS).

  • from your mouth to God's ears

    response to a good wish or blessing that mentions future events: I want that to happen, but I'm not sure it will.

  • good for the Jews

    an expression, often used ironically, to ask what the effect of a given event will be on the Jewish community.

  • good yom-tov

    standard holiday greeting