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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • bitul

    n. "Contempt, disparagement" (Steinmetz).

  • bubbe meise

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

  • Chabad

    n. 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

    n. The fifth aliyah in a Torah service.

  • chas v'chalila

    interj. "Heaven forbid" (Steinmetz's Yiddish and English dictionary).

  • 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.

  • chazaras hashatz

    n. The repetition of the Shmona Esre / Amidah by the shatz (shaliach tzibbur)