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  • a long life

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

  • Am Yisrael chai

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

  • anash

    n. Members of the Hasidic community.

  • Aseret HaDibrot

    n. The Ten Commandments.

  • asifa

    n. Gathering.

  • atzmus

    n. The essence of God (in Kabbalah).

  • B'nei Yisrael

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • chamishi

    n. The fifth aliyah in a Torah service.

  • 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.

  • chitzoni

    n. A person concerned with externalities.

  • Daled Bavos

    n. A traditional song composed by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (the founder of Chabad) played at Chabad weddings and holidays.

  • Desayuno

    Literally "breakfast" - used to describe the category of foods made by Balkan Sephardic Jews for Shabbat breakfast. Includes boyos, borekas, bulemas, quajatho.

  • Diaspora Jew

    n. A Jew living in the Jewish Diaspora, as opposed to one living within the State of Israel.

  • dira betachtonim

    n. "Dwelling in the lower realms"--a theological argument for why God created the world (because He longed for an abode below in addition to one up high).

  • duch

    n. A report of outreach activities.