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  • anash

    n. Members of the Hasidic community.

  • asifa

    n. Gathering.

  • atzilut

    n. "The world of divine emanations" (Eisenberg & Scolnic).

  • Av

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

  • bitul

    n. "Contempt, disparagement" (Steinmetz).

  • 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).

  • daled amos

    n. "Four cubits", a unit of measurement in halacha in ritual and property law.

  • 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).

  • Elul

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

  • farbreng

    v. To spend or pass time.

  • farbrengen

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

  • frumkeit

    n. Jewish religiosity, frum-ness.

  • g'mar chatima tova

    interj. "A customary greeting among Jews on Yom Kippur [and the period between Yom Kippur and Rosh haShanah]" (JPS). lit. "a good end of [the process of] sealing [in the Book of Life]".

  • gebrokts

    n. People who hold by the stringency against eating wetted matzah.

  • genug shoyn

    interj. Enough already!

  • get

    n. A writ or deed of divorce.

  • hachlata

    n. Resolution, decision.