B’nai Noach Torah Institute


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A Jewish vocabulary containing glossary terms of Hebrew, Yiddish and English dictionary 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.

Daas: (lit., `knowledge') The Third of the Ten Sefiros, or Divine Emanations; the third stage of the intellectual process (cf.* Chabad), at which concepts, having proceeded from seminal intuition (cf. * Chachmah) through meditative gestation (cf. * Binah), now mature into their corresponding dispositions or attributes of character (middos)

Danken G-t: "Thank G-d!"

Daven, davenen: (Yid.) (a) praying, prayers; (b) in *Chabad usage also signifies the *avodah of praying at length, the reading of passages in the

*Siddur being interspersed with pauses for disciplined meditation from memory on related texts in *Chassidus

Derush: The non-literal, homiletic interpretation of Scripture, as in the
*Midrash or Talmudic *aggados

Deuteronomy: The Fifth Book of the Torah

Devarim: Deuteronomy, The Fifth Book of the Torah, meaning words, things, news, message

Dovid Ha Melech: King David of Israel

Drek: Yiddish for trash

Dresske: Bargain dress, a dress that was purchased for next to nothing

Dreydel - draydel: {from German - to turn spin} A four-sided top with one Hebrew letter on each side - Nun, Gimmel, Hey and Shin {before Israel became a state}; the letters represent A great miracle happened there; since Israel became a state the Pey replaced the Shin changing the meaning to A great miracle happened here.

Dybbuk: Evil spirit that possess one, G-d forbid!