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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!"

  • Av

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

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • chametzdik

    adj. Containing or contaminated with chametz (and therefore unfit to be used or eaten by observant Jews on Pesach).

  • chas v'chalila

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

  • Cheshvan

    n. The second month of the Jewish calendar (or eighth if counting from Nisan).

  • Elul

    n. The twelfth month of the Jewish calendar (or sixth if counting from Nisan).

  • farbaysn

    n. Snacks.

  • farbreng

    v. To spend or pass time.

  • farbrengen

    n. A gathering or celebration that includes a spiritual or religious component.

  • faribel

    adj. To have a grievance, to be aggrieved.

  • from your mouth to God's ears

    (sentence) Response to a good wish or blessing that mentions future events: I want that to happen, but I'm not sure it will.

  • frumkeit

    n. Jewish religiosity, frum-ness.

  • Galitzianer

    n. A Jew with ancestry in the Galicia region of Eastern Europe.