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  • alte kaker

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

  • Ashkenazic

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

  • babka

    "A loaf type coffee cake" (JPS)

  • bagel

    "A leavened, firm, doughnut shaped roll" (JPS)

  • bageling

    identifying another person as a Jew

  • Be well

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

  • blintz

    A folded thin pancake filled with cheese, fruit, or potatoes.

  • bris

    circumcision ceremony; the celebration surrounding it. Lit. covenant.

  • bupkis


  • Chabad

    an outreach-oriented branch of Hasidic Judaism that follows the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Chabad has thousands of branches around the world, including at many college campuses.

  • challah

    "The braided egg bread that traditionally is eaten on almost every Jewish holiday and [the Sabbath]" (JPS)

  • chuppah

    "The Jewish wedding canopy; that is, the cloth under which the Jewish wedding ceremony is conducted." (JPS)

  • chutzpah

    guts (positive)

  • Cohen

    "A made descendent of the family of Aaron, of the tribe of Levi. Aaron and his descendants were consecrated to the service of God... in the Tabernacle... in the desert and later the Holy Temple" (Steinmetz). Often poorly translated as "priest," though the term "Levite" or "Aaronite" is more accurate, especially due to Christian usage (Steinmetz).

  • dreidel

    "A small, four-sided spinning top used in a game during Chanukah" (JPS); the top itself

  • farkakte

    "lousy, messed up, ridiculous" (JPS) Shitty, full of crap.

  • farmisht

    mixed up, confused, crazy

  • feigele

    Gay man

  • 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.

  • futz

    waste time (usually "futz around")