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  • aderaba

    adv. "By all means, certainly." (Weiser)

  • aleichem sholom

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

  • askan

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

  • balaboosta

    n. Female head of household.

  • batlan

    n. "Someone without a trade or regular means of livelihood" (Rosten).

  • besamim

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

  • 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)

  • chacham

    n. Wise, learned person; genius.

  • chashuv

    adj. Important; of high status.

  • chassidus

    n. "Chasidism" (Glinert).

  • cheder

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

  • chochmah

    n. "Brains; wisdom; a brilliant idea" (Glinert).

  • da'as torah

    n. Intuitive knowledge that comes from a lifetime of Torah study.

  • 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).

  • gemilas chesed

    n. (pl. gemilas chasodim) A loan of money without interest to help a needy person.

  • goyish

    adj. "In the manner or style of a non-Jewish person" (JPS), especially something WASPy or "white bread."

  • gut chodesh

    (sentence) "Good month!" Ashkenazi greeting on Rosh Chodesh.