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  • aleichem sholom

    interj. Peace be upon you (response to "sholom aleichem").

  • arbes

    n. Boiled chickpeas.

  • askan

    n. A person who is influential in working for the community.

  • balaboosta

    n. Female head of household.

  • bashert

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

  • 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.

  • bris

    n. Circumcision ceremony; the celebration surrounding it. Lit. covenant.

  • broiges

    adj. Angry, annoyed.

  • bubbe meise

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

  • bulvan

    n. Loud mouth know-it-all; "a boorish, brutish person" (Steinmetz).

  • chacham

    n. Wise, learned person; genius.

  • chrain

    n. A spicy paste made from grated horseradish.

  • eyer kichlech

    n. Egg cookies, usually in the shape of bow ties.

  • farbissiner

    adj. Embittered, sullen, mean.

  • farfel

    n. A side dish including bits of noodle, often sauteed with vegetables and beef or chicken stock.

  • forshpil

    n. An Ashkenazi custom of entertaining the bride on the Sabbath afternoon or evening preceding the wedding.

  • gelt

    n. Money (slang usage).

  • gevald

    interj. An interjection of alarm.

  • gezunterheyt

    interj. Lit., while in good health.

  • gribines

    n. Deep-fried skin of chicken or goose, often prepared with onion and schmaltz. Also called cracklings.