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  • BCE

    Before the Common Era (used in place of B.C.). Steinmetz: "...recently, a new awareness of the Christian character of these abbreviations have led many Jewish writers and editors to replace them with [C.E. And B.C.E.]"

  • bupkis

    Nothing

  • chag sameach

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

  • chuppah

    "The Jewish wedding canopy; that is, the cloth under which the Jewish wedding ceremony is conducted." (JPS)

  • chutzpah

    guts (positive)

  • farmisht

    mixed up, confused, crazy

  • gesundheit

    Health. (Bless you) - said in response to a sneeze.

  • glitch

    flaw; slight problem in a process

  • good yom-tov

    standard holiday greeting

  • goy

    a nation, but not the Jewish nation

  • heimish

    adj. at home, comfortable

  • kibbitz

    "To socialize aimlessly...To carry on a running commentary" (Rosten)

  • klezmer

    "Eastern European style of instrumental music" (JPS)

  • kvell

    feel or express pride, "to be extraordinarily pleased" (JPS)

  • kvetch

    "to chronically complain or gripe to others over minor issues" (JPS)

  • lashon hara

    "gossip" (lit. "evil tongue") (JPS)

  • macher

    somebody who is successful, handy, dextrous

  • mazel

    congratulations

  • mazel tov

    congratulations [lit. "good fortune"]

  • megillah

    can also refer to the physical scroll on which one is written