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  • bar minan

    interj. Used when mentioning a tragedy or general calamity that one does not wish on him/herself or others. Also used as a follow up to the words "a Dio" when surprised by something scary.

  • bedieved

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

  • Chatzi Kaddish

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

  • Chitas

    n. A daily study practice by Chabad including daily selections from the Chumash, Psalms, and the Tanya.

  • chumradik

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

  • get

    n. A writ or deed of divorce.

  • hillula

    n. The anniversary of the death of a great tzaddik; a celebration of the tzaddik's life on that day.

  • hishapcha

    n. Transformation to good.

  • hiskafya

    n. Self-control.

  • Hoshana Rabbah

    prop. n. A holiday taking place on the seventh day of Sukkot, "when it is traditional...to parade around the sanctuary carrying the lulav and etrog and to engage in all-night study of Jewish texts" (JPS).

  • igros

    n. The multi-volume collection of letters by the Lubavitcher Rebbe that is often used as a kind of an oracle.

  • Kaddish D'Rabbanan

    n. A prayer that is said by mourners and those who have recently studied a rabbinic text.

  • Kaddish Shalem

    n. A prayer said at the end of Jewish prayer services.

  • Kaddish Yatom

    n. Mourner's Kaddish, a prayer said by mourners during the first year after an immediate family member has died and every year on their yahrzeit.

  • prutah

    n. Two cents (fig.)

  • sitra achra

    n. Evil.

  • svara

    n. Justification, reason, plausible explanation.

  • Tanya

    n. The foundational text of Chabad Lubavitch written by the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi.

  • uvdin d'chol

    n. Weekday work.