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Daat (Knowledge; Awareness; Connection):  (lit. "knowledge"); the third of the ten sefirot, or divine emanations; the third stage of the intellectual process at which concepts, having proceeded from seminal intuition (Chochmah) through meditative gestation (Binah), now mature into their corresponding dispositions or attributes of character (middot)  [13 related articles] Torah, The » Kabbalah & Chassidism; Mysticism » Kabbalah » Kabbalistic Concepts & Terms » Sefirot, The (seven, ten) » Daat (Knowledge; Awareness; Connection)
Daat Elyon & Daat Tachton:  (lit. "higher understanding" and "lower understanding"); respectively, (a) the G-d-like perspective from which the spiritual world is perceived as reality, and this world a mere echo of it; (b) the opposite, earthbound perspective.  [42 related articles] Torah, The » Kabbalah & Chassidism; Mysticism » Chassidism » Concepts in Chassidic Philosophy » Daat Elyon & Daat Tachton
Dagesh:  (a) emphasis; (b) a grammatical mark indicated by a dot inserted within certain Hebrew letters  [2 related articles] Human Being, The » Faculties and Talents » Speech; Communication » Language » Holy Tongue, the; Hebrew » Dagesh
Daled:  the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, prounounced "d," with a numerical value of 4  [13 related articles] Human Being, The » Faculties and Talents » Speech; Communication » Language » Holy Tongue, the; Hebrew » Aleph-Beit, The » Daled
Dan:  Son of Jacob and Bilhah, fifth of the Twelve Tribes. ("Dan." is also an oft-used abbreviation for Daniel.)  [1 related article] People & Events » People » Biblical Personalities » Five Books of Moses (Biblical Personalities) » Dan
Daniel:  (a) (c. 400 BCE) Together with Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, was exiled to Babylon and trained to be a chamberlain in the royal court. After successfully interpreting Nebuchadnezzar's dream, he was appointed to a high government position. During the reign of Belshazzar, Daniel deciphered writing that mysteriously appeared, predicting Babylon's downfall. He was thrown into a lions' den during Darius’ reign for praying to G-d; miraculously, he wasn’t harmed. (b) A common Jewish name.  [9 related articles] People & Events » People » Biblical Personalities » Post First Temple (Biblical Personalities) » Daniel
Daniel, the Book of:  The book of Tanach describing the experiences of Daniel -- and his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah -- in the Babylonian and Persian royal courts, as well as several of Daniel's prophecies.  [6 related articles] Torah, The » Tanach » Writings (Section of the Tanach) » Daniel, the Book of
Danzig, R. Abraham:  (1748-1820); a halachic authority and codifier of Jewish law, best known as the author of the works Chayei Adam and Chochmat Adam, dealing with the laws of the Shulchan Aruch that address everyday life. He is sometimes referred to as the Chayei Adam.  People & Events » People » Post-Talmudic Sages » Danzig, R. Abraham
Dathan & Abiram:  Among the leaders of Korah's mutiny, were swallowed by the earth together with the other mutineers. According to the Midrash, they were persistent trouble makers and rabble rousers. They are also identified as the two quarreling Israelites whom Moses reprimanded in Egypt[1 related article] People & Events » People » Biblical Personalities » Five Books of Moses (Biblical Personalities) » Dathan & Abiram
Daughters of Zelophehad:  Mahlah, Noa, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah—five daughters of Zelophehad, who passed away in the desert leaving behind no sons. These righteous women approached Moses, requesting to receive their father’s portion in the Land of Canaan. G-d instructed Moses to comply with said request.  [13 related articles] People & Events » People » Biblical Personalities » Five Books of Moses (Biblical Personalities) » Daughters of Zelophehad
Daven:  (Yiddish) to pray 
David, King:  (a) (907-837 BCE) A Bethlehem native, youngest son of Jesse and Nitzevet. A shepherd boy, he rose to fame after slaying the Philistine hero Goliath. This earned him the hand of King Saul’s daughter Michal in marriage. Anointed by Samuel to succeed Saul after the latter failed to annihilate Amalek. This aroused Saul's jealousy, who then pursued him relentlessly. David became king after Saul’s death. During his monarchy, David successfully secured and expanded Israel’s borders, but was beset by a series of revolts and personal tribulations. Compiled the Book of Psalms. Succeeded by his son Solomon. (b) A common Jewish name.  [60 related articles] People & Events » People » Biblical Personalities » Kings and Prophets » David, King
Dayenu:  (lit. "it is enough for us"); the refrain in a song in the Haggadah recounting the kindnesses G-d bestowed upon the People of Israel after the Exodus  [7 related articles] Calendar, The Jewish » Passover » Seder, the » Dayenu
Deborah:  (a) Fourth of the Judges, a prophetess who judged and taught the Israelites for forty years (1107-1067 BCE) following Ehud and Shamgar’s deaths. When the Israelites relapsed into idolatry they were subjected to the rule of the Canaanite king, Jabin, and his general, Sisera. Deborah and Barak led a small Israelite army in battle and completely destroyed the Canaanite army and gained independence. (b) A common Jewish name.  [12 related articles] People & Events » People » Biblical Personalities » Joshua and the Judges » Deborah
Delilah:  Philistine wife of Samson. The Philistines offered her 55,000 pieces of silver to report the secret of her husband’s strength, and she complied.  [1 related article] People & Events » People » Biblical Personalities » Joshua and the Judges » Delilah
Demai:  Demai is produce which is forbidden by rabbinic law due to the uncertainty of whether the necessary tithes were separated  [2 related articles] Torah, The » Halachah (Torah law) » Halachic Concepts & Issues » Terumah » Demai
Deorayta:  (Aramaic, lit. "from the Torah"); an obligation explicitly commanded in the Written Torah  Torah, The » Mitzvah; Mitzvot » Deorayta
Derech HaChayim:  (lit. “Path of Life”); Chassidic text by the second Lubavitcher Rebbe, R. DovBer (the Mitteler Rebbe) on the subject of teshuvah  Torah, The » Torah Books » Chassidic Works » Derech HaChayim
Derush:  (lit. "exposition"); the non-literal, homiletic interpretation of Scripture, as in the Midrash or Talmudic aggadot 
Deuteronomy, the Book of:  The fifth of the Five Books of Moses, records Moses' final message to the Israelites, delivered during the last weeks of his life. He admonishes them to remain faithful to G-d following their entry into the Land of Israel. The book concludes with Moses’ death.  [406 related articles] Torah, The » Parshah (Weekly Torah Reading) » Deuteronomy, the Book of
Devarim:  The fifth of the Five Books of Moses, records Moses' final message to the Israelites, delivered during the last weeks of his life. He admonishes them to remain faithful to G-d following their entry into the Land of Israel. The book concludes with Moses’ death.  [406 related articles] Torah, The » Parshah (Weekly Torah Reading) » Devarim
Devarim:  Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Pentateuch  [46 related articles] Torah, The » Parshah (Weekly Torah Reading) » Deuteronomy, the Book of » Devarim
Din, judgement:  (judgement), the attribute of Divine judgment 
Din, law:  (law), a particular Torah law or ruling 
Dinah:  (a) Daughter of Jacob and Leah. Abducted and violated by Shechem the son Hamor, and rescued by her brothers Simeon and Levi. (b) A common Jewish name.  [3 related articles] People & Events » People » Biblical Personalities » Five Books of Moses (Biblical Personalities) » Dinah
Divine Providence:  the concept that every event in the universe and every experience in a person's life, and their every aspect, is specifically guided and determined by the Divine will  [231 related articles] G-d and Man » Divine Providence
Divrei Hayamim:  The (two-part) final book of Tanach, authored by Ezra, chronicling the events from Creation until the return of the Babylonian exiles to the Land of Israel[2 related articles] Torah, The » Tanach » Writings (Section of the Tanach) » Divrei Hayamim
Doeg the Edomite:  (9th century BCE) When David was fleeing from Saul, Ahimelech, a priest in Nob, provided him with food and weapons. Doeg, the former head of the Sanhedrin who had abandoned the path of the Torah, informed Saul what Ahimelech had done. Saul ordered the execution of the 85 priests in Nob, and Doeg himself carried out the execution.  [2 related articles] People & Events » People » Biblical Personalities » Kings and Prophets » Doeg the Edomite
Donating to the Mishkan:  the gifts offered by the Children of Israel for the construction of the Mishkan, as commanded in the portion in the Book of Exodus by that name  [6 related articles] People & Events » History » Biblical Events » Five Books of Moses (Biblical Events) » Constructing the Tabernacle » Donating to the Mishkan
Dor Haflagah:  (lit. “the generation of the division,”) i.e., the generation who constructed the Tower of Babel and as punishment were divided and dispersed throughout the world.  People & Events » History » Biblical Events » Five Books of Moses (Biblical Events) » Tower of Babel » Dor Haflagah
Drashah:  sermon; exegetical rabbinical teaching 
Duchening:  (Yiddish) The blessing by the descendents of the priestly family of Aaron.  [31 related articles] Human Being, The » Peoples, Nationalities & Cultures » Jewishness; Jewish Identity » Twelve Tribes of Israel, The » Levites, The » Kohen » Duchening
Dvar Torah:  (lit. "word of Torah"); a brief, usually oral, commentary on a topic from the Torah 
Dveikut:  (lit. “clinging”); profound concentration; spiritual attachment to, or unification with, the Divine; a communion with the Divine that removes one from physical awareness 
Dwelling for G-d in the Physical World, A:  "a dwelling in the lowly realms": the concept taught by Chassidut that G-d desired to create a reality that is "lowly" and obscuring of His truth, in order that it be made into a "home" for Him-an environment that is hospitable to, subservient to, and expressive of His manifest presence  [165 related articles] Torah, The » Kabbalah & Chassidism; Mysticism » Chassidism » Concepts in Chassidic Philosophy » Dwelling for G-d in the Physical World, A

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