A Jewish vocabulary containing glossary terms of Hebrew, Yiddish and English dicitionary explanations of words, terms, phrases, and Jewish, Yiddish and Hebrew expressions.
An asterisk indicates a cross reference within this Glossary. All non-English entries are Hebrew unless otherwise indicated.
Ya'akov: Jacob the third patriarch, son of Yitzchok, grandson of Avraham
Yechidah: the innermost of the five levels of the soul
Yef Rawch: Blossom
Yenta: A female gossip.
Yerushalim, Nedarim: A book in the Jerusalem Talmaud
Yeshiva: Torah academy for advanced students
Yeshiva Bocher: Am unmarried young man studying in Yeshiva
Yesod; lit., foundation: the sixth of the seven Divine middos, or attributes, and of their corresponding mortal middos, or spiritual emotions
Yetzirah, the World of; lit., `the World of Formation'): the third (in descending order) of the Four * Worlds
Yiddishkeit; lit., `Jewishness'; Yid.): the Torah way of life
Yitzchak: Issaic the second patriarch, son of Avraham, father of Yaakov
Yetzer Rah; Bad inclination
Yetzer Tov Good; inclination
Yom-Tov Sheni shel Galuyos: one of the days which only in the Diaspora is appended to each of the three Pilgrim Festivals
Yud: tenth letter of the Aleph / Bais
Yud-Beis and Yud-Gimmel Tammuz; `the twelfth and thirteenth of [the month of] Tammuz'): chassidic festival marking the anniversary of the release of the Rebbe Rayatz from incarceration and exile in Stalinist Russia in 1927
Yud-Tes Kislev; `the nineteenth of [the month of] Kislev'): chassidic festival celebrating the liberation of the Alter Rebbe from capital sentence and imprisonment in Petersburg (1798), after having been slandered to the czarist authorities by his opponents