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  • chag sameach

    interj. "Literally, 'Happy Holiday.' The traditional, all-purpose greeting exchanged on almost any Jewish holiday" (JPS).

  • chaver

    n. Friend.

  • hafsaka

    n. Break or interruption

  • kallah

    n. Jewish communal gathering, conference.

  • ruach

    spirit, "spiritedness, morale" (JPS)

  • sheket

    "Quiet!"

  • shidduch

    a date in the process of finding one's spouse

  • tachlis

    practical details of a matter, "brass tacks" (as in, "Let's get down to brass tacks.")

  • toda

    "thank you"

  • tza'ar ba'alei chayim

    pity for living creatures (Steinmetz), or compassion for animals.

  • va'ad

    "committee or council" (Steinmetz), group convened for a particular purpose, including rabbinical council, kashrut supervisory council, youth group/synagogue board of directors, study group, etc.