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  • achrai

    "Charged with responsibility: accountable" (Weiser)

  • ad kan

    interj. "Expression used to induce cessation of activity or behavior: knock it off" (Weiser)

  • aderaba

    certainly, by all means; I certainly don't object

  • apikoros

    heretic, non-believer, especially one with great knowledge of Judaism

  • Aramaic

    Judeo-Aramaic, a northern Semitic language related to Hebrew.

  • avade

    Of course. / Obviously!

  • bat mitzvah

    in gender egalitarian communities, the ceremony of a 13- (or 12-) year-old girl's first calling up to the Torah, symbolizing her adulthood in Jewish life. can also refer to the girl herself. In Orthodox communities, refers to celebration of girl turning 12. "Celebration of a Jewish girl's coming of age; a girl who has reached that age." (Glinert)

  • bedieved

    "done just well enough to fulfill a need or duty; perfunctorily" (Weiser, Frumspeak)

  • BS"D

    "with the help of heaven"--an acronym that is put at the top of many documents produced by Orthodox Jews as a reminder that everything comes from G-d

  • chabura

    study group

  • chad gadya

    The name of a song sung at the end of the Passover seder.

  • chatzi kaddish

    half kaddish: a prayer that praises God and occurs several times during services, marking the separation between different parts of the service.

  • chavruta

    learning partnership; joint study session. "The person with whom one studies religious texts" (Weiser)

  • chevra kedisha

    burial society - volunteers who sit with the dead and prepare their bodies for burial

  • Chitas

    a daily study practice by Chabad including daily selections from the Chumash, Psalms, and the Tanya

  • chumradik

    stringent, used to imply that a person is making the most strict halachic ruling, or follows additional restrictions in his or her practice

  • chumrah

    a religious stringency

  • 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.)

  • duchen

    A ritual where the kohanim recite the Priestly Blessing (Num. 6:24-26), blessing the rest of the congregation.

  • dugma