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  • bitul

    n. "Contempt, disparagement" (Steinmetz).

  • chas v'chalila

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

  • farbreng

    v. To spend or pass time.

  • farbrengen

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

  • get

    n. A writ or deed of divorce.

  • hashgacha pratis

    n. Divine providence on an individual level (as opposed to hashgacha klalis).

  • Hayitochen

    interj. "How could this be?", "How is this possible?"

  • keli

    vessel to receive a blessing

  • klal

    n. "A fixed rule: principle" (Weiser).

  • madrega

    level, especially spiritual level

  • mashpia

    adj. (with 'on') influential

  • shkiah

    n. Sunset (when Shabbat or yontif starts [and after which it is no longer halachically permissible to light candles]).

  • sicha

    public talk

  • yesod

    n. "Basis, or essential, guiding principle: fundamental" (Weiser); "foundation" (Steinmetz, Dictionary of Jewish Usage; Eisenberg & Scolnic); "groundwork" (Steinmetz, Yiddish and English).