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  • alte kaker

    n. Elderly person, old-timer; "A crotchety, fussy, ineffectual old man" (Rosten).

  • badchen

    n. A merry maker as at a Jewish wedding or other Jewish celebration.

  • balaboosta

    n. Female head of household.

  • bashert

    predicate adj. "Predestined, fated" (JPS).

  • bencher

    n. Prayer booklet or card with the text of the blessings after meals, and often times including other meal-time blessings and songs.

  • besamim

    n. "Literally, 'spices.' It almost always refers to the spices in the spice box used for the Havdalah ceremony" (JPS).

  • bialy

    n. A flat breakfast roll, shaped like a round wading pool, sometimes sprinkled with onion. (Rosten)

  • borscht

    n. "Borshtsh" is the Russian word for beet soup. Among Jews soup made from beets is considered Polish borshtsh, while Russian borshtsh is made from cabbage.

  • boychick

    n. "A young boy...equivalent of the American expression 'buddy'" (JPS)

  • bris

    n. Circumcision ceremony; the celebration surrounding it.

  • bubbale

    n. Sweetie, darling [term of endearment].

  • bubbe

    n. Grandmother.

  • bubbe meise

    n. "Something of little importance, an inconsequential thing or minor happening." (JPS)

  • chametzdik

    adj. Containing or contaminated with chametz (and therefore unfit to be used or eaten by observant Jews on Pesach).

  • cheder

    n. Hebrew and religious classes (often on Sundays) for elementary school children.

  • chrain

    n. A spicy paste made from grated horseradish.

  • dybbuk

    n. A spirit, "often thought to be the soul of a dead person, that wanders the earth looking for a living body to inhabit" (JPS).

  • farbissiner

    adj. Embittered, sullen, mean.

  • farchadat

    adj. "Dizzy, confused, dopey, 'punchy.'" (Rosten)