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  • a long life

    Used to greet a mourner after someone has died.

  • a nechtiker tog

    Not on your life!

  • anash

    members of the Hasidic community

  • antisemitism

    Hatred against Jews.

  • asifa

    gathering

  • atzilut

    "the world of divine emanations" (Eisenberg & Scolnic)

  • atzmus

    the essence of G-d (in Kabbalah)

  • barmy

    bar mitzvah

  • 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.

  • bitul

    "contempt, disparagement" (Steinmetz)

  • bubbe meise

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

  • 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.

  • chamishi

    the fifth aliyah

  • chas v'chalila

    "heaven forbid" (Steinmetz's Yiddish and English dictionary)

  • chasidishkeit

    Chasidic piety

  • chatzi kaddish

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

  • Chitas

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

  • chitzoni

    a person concerned with externalities

  • chutz la'aretz

    Outside of Israel; the disapora, lit. "outside the land."