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  • a long life

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

  • anash

    n. Members of the Hasidic community.

  • antisemitism

    n. Hatred against Jews.

  • 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).

  • Baal Shem Tov

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

  • 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).

  • 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).

  • chamishi

    n. The fifth aliyah in a Torah service.

  • chanichim

    n. Campers; members of youth movement, as in Hashomer Hatzair.

  • 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.

  • Cheshvan

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

  • Chitas

    n. A daily study practice by Chabad including daily selections from the Chumash, Psalms, and the Tanya.