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  • BCE

    adv. 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

    adv. Nothing.

  • chag sameach

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

  • chuppah

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

  • chutzpah

    n. Guts (positive).

  • farmisht

    adj. Mixed up, confused, crazy.

  • gesundheit

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

  • glitch

    n. Flaw; slight problem in a process.

  • good yom-tov

    interj. Standard holiday greeting.

  • goy

    n. A nation, but not the Jewish nation.

  • heimish

    adj. At home, comfortable.

  • kibbitz

    v. "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


  • mazel tov

    congratulations [lit. "good fortune"]

  • megillah

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