Jewish Word Glossary
abbr. = abbreviated
esp .= especially
Heb. = Hebrew
lit. = literally
n = noun
pl. = plural
pron. = pronounced
usu. = usually
v = verb
Yid. = Yiddish
- lit=sirs: "May I have your attention," a call to order
- "Rachmanah l'tzlan!"
- "May the Merciful One forbid!"
- (Heb.) mercy
- (Heb.) street
- term of endearment for rabbi
- terms of endearment for rabbi
- wife of a rabbi
- Rebbono Shel Olam
- lit.=rabbi of the universe: G-d
- one refused an exit visa from the Soviet Union
- (Heb.) minute; "One minute!"
- (Heb.) leg, foot
- lit.=rescue: "Help! Emergency!"
- richtiker cheifetz
- lit.= right desire: (Yid.) the genuine article, the "real deal"
- (Heb.) pomegranate; grenade
- ornamental cylinders placed on Sefer Torah
- lit.=first ones: post-Gemarah-era commentators, incl. Rashi & Maimonides
- Rosh Chodesh
- lit.= head of the new (moon): first day of the new month
- Rosh HaShanah
- lit.=head of the year: Jewish New Year, autumn holiday
- (Heb.) want [v]
- lit.=wind: (Heb.) spirit; enthusiasm
- croissant-like pastries, usu. w/ chocolate or cinnamon