The Ba'al Teshuva's handbook was designed to help people grow in their new found exploration of their Judiasm. While going on this spiritual journey, there are a lot of challenges up ahead. I want people to gain from any experience that I have had to help navigate those challenges as successfully as possible.
On the roof of the Aish center looking down at the Western Wall with Chevra & Davai in 2011
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Saturday, May 12, 2012
Definitions – Is he speaking English?
About 10 years ago, I was sitting in a class designed for Jews in their early stages of their reconnection to Judaism.About a half hour into the class, the person sitting next to me leaned over and said “When the Rabbi said “Hashem”, he means G-d, right?”
Sometimes we get so comfortable with our learning that we when we’re speaking, we forget that we’re adding in words of different languages that our listener may not be familiar with. Adding in some Hebrew words to English is confusing enough, but some of us also throw in some Yiddish to form a whole new language.This is affectionately called Yeshivish or Yinglish.Whatever it’s called, I thought it would be a helpful idea to come up with a brief dictionary of words that you may hear and not understand.
Hashem AKA Hakodesh Barachu – The word “Hashem” is literally translated as “the name.”Since we don’t verbalize any of G-d’s names unless we’re praying or reading the Torah, we simply call him Hashem in other situations.
Mamash, Dafka & Stam – All of these words don’t really have an independent meaning other than to emphasize the other words surrounding them.One might say “the BT Handbook is Mamash a great website.” JIt would be similar to using the English word “really” in the same sentence.
BT AKA Ba’al Teshuva – Someone who has reconnected with their Judaism after not be connected with it for a while or ever.
Frum – Religious.
FFB AKA Frum from birth – Someone who was born religious.
Gut Yuntuf, Chag Sameach – Happy holiday.
Shaal Sheudas, Seudas Shlishi – The third meal or Shabbas afternoon meal.