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  • a long life

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

  • a nechtiker tog

    interj. "Not on your life!"

  • Am Yisrael chai

    interj. An affirmation of the continuity of the Jewish people.

  • anash

    n. Members of the Hasidic community.

  • antisemitism

    n. Hatred against Jews.

  • Aseret HaDibrot

    n. The Ten Commandments.

  • asifa

    n. Gathering.

  • atzilut

    n. "The world of divine emanations" (Eisenberg & Scolnic).

  • atzmus

    n. The essence of God (in Kabbalah).

  • Av

    n. The eleventh month of the Jewish calendar (or fifth if counting from Nisan).

  • B'nei Yisrael

    pl. n. Jews collectively (usually refers specifically to the Jews of the Torah, or more broadly, of the Tanach).

  • Baal Shem Tov

    n. Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, widely regarded as the founder of Hasidic Judaism.

  • badchen

    n. A merry maker as at a Jewish wedding or other Jewish celebration.

  • badeken

    n. "A brief ritual performed among Ashkenazim just before the wedding ceremony, in which a veil is placed or lowered over the bride's face while reciting the blessing made on Rebecca" (Steinmetz, Dictionary of Jewish Usage).

  • 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.

  • beitzah

    n. "The roasted egg placed on the seder plate during the Pesach seder" (JPS).

  • 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.

  • bitul

    n. "Contempt, disparagement" (Steinmetz).

  • bubbe meise

    n. "Something of little importance, an inconsequential thing or minor happening." (JPS)